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February 10th, 7:13 pm  ·  

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Was Malthus Correct?

February 20, 2016, 12:30pm

February's presentation will be from Corina Schusheim: “My talk will be an inquiry about whether the Robert Malthus Theory of Population Growth applies to today's society. Does a high rate population growth cause poverty, or does poverty cause a high rate of population growth? Is there a relationship between a society's level of prosperity and its population growth? I will present examples of neo-Malthusian themes in literature, and contemporary media. Then we will conclude with predictions from demographers and economists. A bibliography will be provided of source materials on this topic."

February 6th, 12:10 pm  ·  

Hello, Chicago Skeptics. I’ve recently moved to Chicago because I’m studying physics and astronomy at Northeastern Illinois University. I just want to first say I’m sorry for being judgmental and unfair to some of you here few years ago, and I know what I’ve done was wrong. I’ve spent a lot of time by myself learning the concept of scientific skepticism through web surfing. I’m now a new person who takes skepticism seriously when it comes to science, and I’m a proud supporter of GMOs and vaccines.

I’m also a proud supporter of neurodiversity and the autism rights movement because I’m Atypically Autistic, which means I’m not purely Autistic but has some Autistic traits that affects my verbal communication skills, and I really would like to help you guys fight against pseudoscientific groups, including anti-GMO and anti-vaccination movements, from spreading a lot misinformation about autism that, in my opinion, antagonizes and hurts Autistics.
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January 25th, 1:03 am  ·  

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Skeptical Salon: Epileptic by David B.

February 25, 2016, 7:30pm

5 E. 14th Place, Chicago, IL

Graphic novel time! We'll be reading Epileptic, by David B. www.amazon.com/Epileptic-Pantheon-Graphic-Novels-David/dp/0375714685/ Also lots of copies of this one at the Chicago Public Library! Bring a snack to share and/or a beverage of your choice... we usually have a pretty good spread thanks to everyone bringing goodies. (I just realized that our book-voting list has been closed since the end of November, so I'm going rogue on this month's selection.) From amazon.com: "Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe’s most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work. David B. was born Pierre-François Beauchard in a small town near Orléans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. But every new cure ended in disappointment as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse. Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-François learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one family’s intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-François’s grandparents and we relive his grandfathers’ experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-François through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophe”s losing battle with epilepsy. Illustrated with beautiful and striking black-and-white images, Epileptic is as astonishing, intimate, and heartbreaking as the best literary memoir." Voting is now open for March's book! Vote here: chicagoskeptics.net/2015/02/01/choose-your-next-skeptical-salon-book/

January 24th, 7:52 pm  ·  

Maybe we can have a conversation here.

What is Skepticism? I think Steve Novella summed it up perfectly (as seen in the description of this group.)

What say you?
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January 17th, 11:15 am  ·  

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Effective Affect

March 19, 2016, 12:30pm

Emotions are messy, disorganized and don’t help us make rational decisions. Right? Then why do we have them? Scientists have gone through great lengths to study emotions including electrical shocks to the face, torturing dogs, botox injections, conversations with cannibals, use of the postal service, and inappropriate use of a No.2 pencil. What are the findings of all this research? Presentation may even include an adorable picture of a baby gorilla taking a bath, but that is just to get an emotional reaction from the audience. About our speaker: Michael Maloney is an emotional guy who has combined his work in mental health and clinical/behavioral health research to become a Research Study Counselor.

January 15th, 11:06 pm  ·  

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Was Malthus Correct?

February 20, 2016, 12:30pm

February's presentation will be from Corina Schusheim: “My talk will be an inquiry about whether the Robert Malthus Theory of Population Growth applies to today's society. Does a high rate population growth cause poverty, or does poverty cause a high rate of population growth? Is there a relationship between a society's level of prosperity and its population growth? I will present examples of neo-Malthusian themes in literature, and contemporary media. Then we will conclude with predictions from demographers and economists. A bibliography will be provided of source materials on this topic."

January 15th, 10:47 pm  ·  

Hey everyone, we DO have a Meetup at Black Rock tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:30, there's just no formal speaker. Come on out and chat with your fellow skeptics! I'll have a few things to propose regarding this year's Skepticamp, and I hope you might have some suggestions/requests about planning our events for the rest of the year. It's your group, make your voice heard! ... See MoreSee Less

January 15th, 9:11 pm  ·