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January Newsletter - Meetups, Conferences, and Other Excitement

From: Emily S.
Sent on: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:34 PM

Greetings and Happy 2012 fellow skeptics!

To kick the year off right, we of the Houston Skeptical Society have been busy putting together new events, compiling ideas, and generally trying to do everything we can to support our bustling and vibrant community of skeptics. With luck and a little magic, this email will be the first of the planned monthly news bulletins we will send out to keep you informed and involve. And now, on to the show.


New and Upcoming Events

As those of you have attended meetings recently have probably heard, we are in the process of cultivating a variety of new events for our burgeoning group that is fast approaching 600 members.

This weekend will see the first rendition of the Science and Skepticism Book Group, to meet at Brazil Cafe at 3pm on Sunday. We will aims to have a critical discussion using the chosen book as the cornerstone for conversation. Next month's book will also be chosen by consensus among the attending members, so come with a book in mind.

We have also had two successful Brunching Skeptically events, with a third scheduled for Saturday Jan 21st at 12pm in the upstairs room of El Real on Westheimer. This is a social and family friendly event, as an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow skeptics.

And of course, we still are hosting Skeptics in the Pub, our monthly discussion group. On Tuesday, Jan 24th, Naomi will stimulate our minds and our love of modern medicine with a talk on The Black Death. As always, the event will be held in the back room of Stags Head Pub.

Other new event formats are on the horizon, so get ready for an exciting year.


Reinvigorating our Online Presence 

For those interested, there is a current push to breathe new life into our Facebook group page (found here:, with events posted regularly in addition to comments and links of interest by members.

Additionally, our Space City Skeptics blog ( is currently looking for dedicated writers willing to contribute on a weekly basis. Blog posts can be brought over from personal blogs, but must in some way tie in to the specific topics of science, skepticism, and/or critical thinking.


Skeptical Conference Hype Up 2012

And finally, let's all get pumped up for the exciting skeptical conferences coming up in the first half of this, our final year on earth (according to those pesky Mayans). 

April 21: SkeptiCal in Berkley, CA - Hosted by the Northern California Skeptics, speakers to include Dr. Eugenie Scott, Dr. Bob Carroll, Yau-Man Chan, Mark Edward, Dr. Anthony Pratkanis, and Dr. Peter Gleick.

April 21-22: Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS– pronounced "nexus") in New York City! - Hosted by our friends of the north, the NESS (of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast fame) and the NYC Skeptics (of Rationally Speaking podcast fame).  More details to be posted to the website soon

May 18-20: World Skeptics Congress in Berlin!!! - The premiere skeptical conference, with heavy hitters including James Randi, Simon Singh, and many MANY more.  Don't let the bad website fool you, this one is going to be a doozy: 

May 26: Curiosity 1729 in St. Louis - "A new conference of knowledge, exploration, and wonder", see: for hopefully more details soon

July 12-25: The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 10 in Las Vegas - the largest skeptical conference in the US, hosted by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). More details to follow soon.


If you have ideas for events or ways to improve our group, or would like to give a talk on a topic of skeptical interest, please contact any of the three leaders listed on the Meetup site (Sam, Emily, and Naomi). 

Thanks for bearing with this rather long message.  We will try to keep things more concise in the future.  We're all looking forward to a great year!



Your Fearless Leaders



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