What we're about

We wish to join with others curious about the diverse and complex realities of our world and ourselves to freely enjoy edutaining (educational and entertaining) presentations and to actively participate in joyous discussion. Most meetings, inspired by Ted talks, feature viewing short videos (20 mins or less) followed by thoughtful, respectful and fun-filled discussions. The videos are usually from Ted talks, documentary clips, and even those viral Facebook videos with a provoking message to share. Members are welcomed to recommend topics for meetings and specific videos to be watched with preference given to newer members.

We also schedule participation in public events followed by discussion over dinner, for example the monthly "Science on Tap" events . Again, members are welcomed to recommend events and post event discussion venues.

TEDx Schenectady has been organized and supported by members of this meetup and we hope you will consider becoming part of this tradition. Also those of you more community oriented might consider invigorating the Center for Empowering Communities in Schenectady, NY formed by some of our members.( https://www.facebook.com/CenterforEmpoweringCommunities ).

We hope that by participating in this groups activities you will be better able to: 1. Learn about interesting complex aspects of our inner and outer worlds 2. Think critically and become more aware of personal bias and heuristics 3. Value diversity (in all forms including expression, ethnic, sexual orientation, heritage, identity expression) 4. Actively and creatively engage in controversial conversation using mindfulness and empathy to respectfully disagree and build community 5. Use evidence based thinking to support science and other academic disciplines especially related to environmental awareness, and mindful consumption. 6. Enjoy the life of the mind with others.

Upcoming events (5+)

Walk and Talk: Seven Preserve Challenge - Plotter Kill Preserve

Plotter Kill Preserve Parking Area

The Plotter Kill Preserve ( https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/north-rim-and-south-rim-red-trail-loop?ref ) is located in the Town of Rotterdam. The North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We will meet in the parking area/trailhead just off Mariaville Road (Rte 159), (NOT the lot off of Coplon Road), between 10 and 10:15 AM. After a hike and chat along the trail (footwear for mud likely a good idea this time of year, as is tick prep https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html ), we may continue conversation at an eatery nearby (Tops Diner?). We are meeting at a different nature preserve in the ECOS Seven Preserve Challenge (with occasional deviation) every 2 weeks for a walk and talk session. After the Walking/Talking we will consider adjourning to a nearby diner for lunch and further discussion. I'll have forms for those who wish to complete the challenge and get a patch from ECOS ( http://www.ecosny.org ). Tentative future locations and dates are as follows: Indian Kill Nature Preserve July 6, Wolf Hollow at Hoffman's Fault July 20, Schenectady County Forest Preserve August 3, and Christman Sanctuary August 17. Additional trails every 2 weeks after that will be scheduled depending on expressed interest.

Edutainment Forums 2019 - [TBA]

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Please consider listening to/watching one or more of the following in advance: Background info: Edutainment Forum is a bi-weekly series that is intended to be eclectic and dedicated to educate with an entertainment flavor. A meeting theme will be announced before each meeting as will links to some videos related to that topic . Discussion will start with introductions and an opportunity for each person to voice their personal view of the topic. As interest allows, we will stream one or more of those linked videos or others as suggested by participants with newcomers' preferences given priority. The videos should be limited to at most about 20 minutes each to have time to view the theme from different perspectives. We will enjoy glorious discussion after each video, hopefully satisfying most questions and interests before moving on to the next. Toward the end of each session please feel free to request continuing the current topic or recommending a new one. Feedback comments are always appreciated as are suggestions for videos and future themes.

Science on Tap: ...the Hunt for Dark Matter

Brown's Brewing Company's Troy Taproom

Science on Tap Presents Playing Hide & Seek with the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter Speaker: Dr. Cecilia Levy, U. Albany https://www.albany.edu/physics/clevy.shtml Did you know that everything we see makes up only about 5% of the Universe? So where is the rest? And, what is the rest? For two decades, particle physicists have been involved in the biggest game of hide and seek ever played: trying to detect the non-visible matter of the Universe. In this talk, Dr. Cecilia Levy (UAlbany) will explain in very general terms what is the famous dark matter that you hear about everywhere, why it's so hard to actually detect, and why it's so important. Finally, she will give a glimpse into the life of an experimental particle physicist, and show you how we actually try to win the game, and finally find where dark matter is hiding! As always, Science on Tap is free and open to the public, even if you are under 21! Science on Tap is a program of Cap Sci which aims to advance the public understanding of science in the New York Capital Region. The mission is to foster interactions between scientists and non-scientists, to promote science-based public policy and scientifically literate policy makers, and to nurture diversity within the scientific community. For new events check - https://www.facebook.com/CapSciNY/ For more general info - https://www.capsciny.org

Walk and Talk: Seven Preserve Challenge -[TBA]

Bozen Kill Preserve

The hiking Area ( https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/ ) is located - in the Town of X. We will meet in the parking area/trailhead between 10 and 10:15. After a hike and chat along the trail (footwear for mud likely a good idea this time of year), through the woods and ..., we may continue conversation at an eatery on nearby .... We will be meeting at a different nature preserve in the ECOS Seven Preserve Challenge (with the exception of the Woodlawn Preserve on Memorial Day weekend) every 2 weeks for a walk and talk session. After the Walking/Talking we will consider adjourning to a nearby diner for lunch and further discussion. I'll have forms for those who wish to complete the challenge and get a patch from ECOS ( http://www.ecosny.org ). Tentative locations and dates are as follows: Bozenkill Preserve June 8, Plotter Kill Preserve June 22, Indian Kill Nature Preserve July 6, Christman Sanctuary July 20, Schenectady County Forest Preserve August 3. Additional trails every 2 weeks after that will be scheduled depending on expressed interest.

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