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So I'm only 30 pages in and I have probably 47 things I want to research more info about.

Oh yes, the Skeptical Salon is on Thursday, shall we bring Halloween-themed snacks?
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October 21st, 3:34 pm  ·  

I cohost the Curiosity podcast, and we're doing a live episode for the Chicago Podcast Festival! Definitely up the group's alley. It's [edit: TONIGHT!] at the Beat Kitchen, and tickets are $15. I'd love it if you could make it out! ... See MoreSee Less

Curiosity Podcast LIVE at the Chicago Podcast Festival

October 3, 2017, 8:30pm - October 3, 2017, 10:00pm

Join the Curiosity Podcast LIVE at the Chicago Podcast Festival on Tuesday, October 3! Hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer welcome special guest Lilly Allison, a comedian and improviser who will help us explore what we don't know about the art and science of comedy (because Curiosity makes you smarter). The Curiosity Podcast follows the hilarious Siblings Peculiar podcast, so it will be a high-energy night of laughs. Don't miss your chance to see our first ever live podcast recording! Follow the Chicago Podcast Festival on Facebook for additional updates: www.facebook.com/ChicagoPodcastFestival/ Purchase your tickets here while they're still available: chicagoimprovproductions.ticketspice.com/siblings-peculiar-curiosity-podcast-chicago-podcast-fest...

September 27th, 1:24 pm  ·  

Okay, so this is up in Kenosha but I'm all for pretty much all the words in the name of this event.
Spooky? Check.
Science? Check.
Skepticism? Check.
I don't know what a celebration of mind looks like, but it sounds like a good time.

Talk amongst yourselves and set up carpools or something!
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Celebration of Mind: Spooky Science & Skepticism

October 21, 2017, 5:30pm - October 21, 2017, 7:30pm

The Psi Chi Honors Society and the Department of Psychological Science are pleased to present the 3rd annual Martin Gardner Celebration of Mind at Carthage. Every year in late October, people around the world gather to honor the legacy of magician, mathematician, skeptic, puzzler, Lewis Carroll scholar, and science writer, Martin Gardner. This year’s Celebration of Mind will explore Spooky Science & Skepticism, using magic, puzzles, and games to delight, instruct, and bring people together in a spirit of fun. The event will begin with brief presentations on topics related to Martin Gardner's spooky interests. This year's speakers will include: • Magician, Peter Boie, discussing a skeptic’s perspective on séance magic. • Dr. Sara Jensen (Department of Mathematics), presenting mysterious mathematics. • Dr. Anthony Barnhart (Department of Psychological Science), speaking on the lurid history of research in parapsychology. • Jeff Wagg, curator of the College of Curiosity. Following the presentations, attendees will be encouraged to enjoy some refreshments and interact with hands-on displays featuring illusions, recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and more. Afterwards, head over to the Student Union Auditorium to enjoy Peter Boie’s Summoning Spirits show!

September 29th, 8:31 pm  ·  

Beth Voigt created an event for Chicago Skeptics. ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: Science of the Magical

October 26, 2017, 7:30pm

Potions and rituals and spirits, oh my! October's Salon gives a nod to the season as we read Matt Kaplan's "Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers". www.goodreads.com/book/show/25111054-science-of-the-magical PLEASE NOTE: our Salons are hosted by various members of Chicago Skeptics, IN THEIR HOMES. Please be respectful of their personal time and space: DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY. We allow a half-hour of "wiggle room" to allow everyone time to settle in, grab a plate, open a beverage, and converse a bit before we start our book discussion at around 8pm. Our hosts will NOT be prepared to welcome you before 7:30pm. Now, about the book! From Goodreads: "[T]his engaging scientific inquiry provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture. Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine? In Science of the Magical, noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead, to the super soldiers in movies like Captain America, Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science." Our Salons are held as a sort of snack-potluck: please bring something to share, whether food or drink is up to you. We usually have a pretty good spread! To get there: Nearest bus routes are the 78 Montrose and 53 Pulaski. For drivers, it's street-parking only: it can be a challenge, but is possible. Bicyclists are welcome to lock bikes to the fence. Again, this is a private residence; do not arrive early. There are a few steps up to the porch. The home has two cats and some birds.

September 27th, 11:17 am  ·  

This could be interesting! And it's at a brewery in Ravenswood. ... See MoreSee Less

ChiTown Bio September Meeting

September 21, 2017, 7:00pm - September 21, 2017, 10:00pm

We're proud to announce our second event at Empirical Brewery as we build steam on our mission to create a public biolab in Chicago. Our second meeting is going to include a quick demonstration of some hacked hardware as well as continuing discussions from our first amazing meeting. Get excited to share ideas, participate in actual science, and hopefully learn a bit about biotechnology. We also plan on continuing our illustration of how to design and work on a project suggested at the first meeting. Plan on a crash course in one of the fundamental techniques of biotechnology: Polymerase Chain Reaction.

September 20th, 10:12 pm  ·