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Skepticism about Doing Good: Effective Altruism & Starting Evidence-based Charities

November 19, 2016, 12:00pm - November 19, 2016, 3:00pm

Where should I donate to charity? How do I know if a charity is effective? These are questions at the heart of effective altruism, which is premised on doing the most good you can. These are also ideas that should be central in the creation of any new charity and yet only a couple of evidence-based direct charities have ever been founded with the explicit goal of doing the most good they can. The talk will give an overview of the principles of effective altruism and give an inside look into the research and considerations that go into the creation of an evidence-based charity. About our speaker: Marcus is one of the founding members of the team at Charity Science which did 6 months of research on starting an effective charity before launching Charity Science: Health, which is project focused on sending text message reminders for vaccinations. Before joining Charity Science, he volunteered for several effective altruism projects and was a regular at Chicago Skeptics events. You can find out more about Charity Science: Health at www.charitysciencehealth.com

October 23rd, 8:13 pm  ·  

Friends! So you're not surprised when you arrive at next month's Meetup, the venue won't be called Black Rock any more! It will still be a bar, and we'll still have events there, but it will have a different name. I spoke with one of the new owners yesterday, and those who attended yesterday's Meetup may have noticed some of the changes already underway. They're doing a "grand opening" on Halloween, so stop by if you'd like to check out what's new. ... See MoreSee Less

October 23rd, 8:03 pm  ·  

See you at Black Rock today! ... See MoreSee Less

October 22nd, 9:43 am  ·  

The Politically Correct Movement stifles curiosity, provides no solutions & has aided in the rise of Cat Videos! (If you think this is important please share & like the page) ... See MoreSee Less

Political Correctness Provides No Solutions Political Correctness has created climate where curiosity can be seen as a micro-aggression. But censoring certain topics and words is not a solution to the problem. (if you think this is important, please share) Written by Krish Mohan (ramannoodlescomedy.com/) Music by Max Somerville Subscribe: eepurl.com/oOJ45 Show Dates: ramannoodlescomedy.com/shows/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/KrishMohanHaha Bandcamp: ramannoodlescomedy.bandcamp.com/ Podcast: tabootabletalk.libsyn.com/podcast FFON Podcast: ffonpod.podomatic.com Download my new album "How Not To Fit In": ramannoodlescomedy.bandcamp.com/album/how-not-to-fit-in

October 21st, 8:45 am  ·  

Tonight! Starting in about an hour. Bring snacks if ya got 'em! ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: Witness for the Defense by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

October 20, 2016, 7:30pm

Late in formally-announcing, but it's right on schedule! October's book is Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham. amzn.to/2b9L0hs From amazon.com: "Witness for the Defense is a collection of true stories based on Dr. Elizabeth Loftus's personal experiences as an expert witness. "'The study of memory had become my specialty, my passion. In the next few years I wrote dozens of papers about how memory works and how it fails, but unlike most researchers studying memory, my work kept reaching out into the real world. To what extent, I wondered, could a person's memory be shaped by suggestion? When people witness a serious automobile accident, how accurate is their recollection of the facts? If a witness is questioned by a police officer, will the manner of questioning alter the representation of the memory? Can memories be supplemented with additional, false information?' "The 'passion' Loftus describes in the lines above led her to a teaching career at the University of Washington and, perhaps more importantly, into hundreds of courtrooms as an expert witness on the fallibility of eyewitness accounts. As she has explained in numerous trials, and as she convincingly argues in this absorbing book, eyewitness accounts can be and often are so distorted that they no longer resemble the truth."

October 20th, 6:31 pm  ·  

Save the date! Festivus is coming! Eventually!
This year's celebration will be held on December 10 at WISE OWL - DRINKERY & COOKHOUSE.
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October 17th, 11:05 pm  ·  

Looking forward to this weekend's event about March Against Myths About Modification (MAMyths) with Kavin Senapathy.

MAMyths fights against GMO myths with activism. Our main campaign targeting March Against Monsanto had us doing two counter-protest actions in Chicago (and many more across the world).

I don't wanna give away too much beforehand but are there any particular points we could prepare to discuss?

Hope to see many of you out!
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October 17th, 11:52 am  ·