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March 19-22 is Chi-Fi in Chicago including an entire skeptic track run by the Skepchicks. It's basically going to be like a mini-skeptic con within a geek con. Sort of like Skepticamp but with cosplay and a party room.

My point is that it's going to be pretty awesome and you should go. All info on registering is at the link. I also encourage you to join our facebook event: Skepchicks at Chi-Fi
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February 26th, 2:55 pm  ·  

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February 26th, 12:23 am  ·  

Six is an awesome number! Don't you all think? For now #GSoW has launched the 6th creation of the Burzynski Clinic Wikipedia page. NOW IN ITALIAN. How awesome is that! Thank you Raffaella.

it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinica_Burzynski

Having it written in Italian is so important as described here in David Gorski's report that a Italian spokesman for the American Cancer Society, Fabio (yes, remember him, the guy with the hair who famously said "I can't believe its not butter" ) sent his sister to the Burzynski clinic for treatment. She soon died as her cancer was very advanced.

scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/04/30/eric-merola-stanislaw-burzynskis-secret-weapon-against-the-...

Desperate people need great information, and they should be able to get that information in their own language. So this page joins English, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Polish.

If you would like to help make SEVEN the next awesome number and would like to join GSoW. Even if your only able to work in English, we can train you. WE need to start with One before we can move on to Two, then Three and so on... Thousands of pages are calling your name, write to us at GSoWteam@gmail.com.
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February 24th, 10:44 am  ·  

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From amazon.com: "Angel of Death is a lively and powerful account of our battle against smallpox, the only disease that mankind has successfully eradicated from the planet. By weaving previously unrecorded voices in with the personal experiences of colourful historical figures such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Edward Jenner, Gareth Williams brings alive one of the most exciting success stories in the history of medicine. His book also gives original and engaging insights into the anti-vaccination campaigns which remain active today, and into the many unlearned lessons of smallpox. Angel of Death will appeal to all those moved by the excitement of discovery and stories of people fighting against adversity, and to anyone interested in history or medicine." As usual, please feel free to bring snacks and/or beverages to share.

Skeptical Salon: Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox by Gareth Williams

March 26, 2015, 7:30pm

5 E. 14th Place

From amazon.com: "Angel of Death is a lively and powerful account of our battle against smallpox, the only disease that mankind has successfully eradicated from the planet. By weaving previously unrecorded voices in with the personal experiences of colourful historical figures such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Edward Jenner, Gareth Williams brings alive one of the most exciting success stories in the history of medicine. His book also gives original and engaging insights into the anti-vaccination campaigns which remain active today, and into the many unlearned lessons of smallpox. Angel of Death will appeal to all those moved by the excitement of discovery and stories of people fighting against adversity, and to anyone interested in history or medicine." As usual, please feel free to bring snacks and/or beverages to share.

February 23rd, 12:57 am  ·  

New England Skeptical Society has just received a well-deserved rewrite from #GSoW. First read the before in order to appreciate the after.

en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_England_Skeptical_Society&oldid=600280832

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Skeptical_Society

GSoW is always looking for people who want to work with us, requirements are that you finish what you start, work well with teams of like-minded people, and have a desire to change the world. A sense of humor is also a great trait to have. We train, We mentor, We need you. Write to us at GSoWteam@gmail.com
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February 22nd, 10:49 pm  ·  

You guys, Black Rock's gone all FANCY.
(And comfy)
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February 21st, 12:34 pm  ·  

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

...so I completely forgot to add this HERE as well as Meetup. Please come on out on Saturday! Do you want to be a part of this year's Skepticamp? of course you do! Tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in June, we're looking for speakers, planners, and attendees with opinions. Bring yours along to Black Rock on the 21st, and we'll make this year's Skepticamp even more amazing than before. ...and even if you don't want to help with Skepticamp, you should come hang out anyway. Since Skepticamp is FREE, it is entirely a participant-supported event. The spirit of Skepticamp is that everyone contributes in some way. Since we know that not everyone is able to give a talk or run the show or help move chairs, "help" can also include making suggestions, offering opinions, joining the planning committee, providing feedback, or even just making a donation to help offset the costs involved in an event of this size. So how can you help? I'm glad you asked! Here's just a few of the roles we'll be looking to fill: Clever opinion havers: A very important position. We need to know what you like! What you don't like! How we can improve from last year! Logical planning committee members: Do you want to help with the event but not in public? We have space for you! There's plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into Skepticamp for helpful folks who don't necessarily want to be in any spotlight, ever. Connected venue suggestors: While the IAHC has been great to us over the last couple of Camps, we've outgrown their Fifth Province space and had to waitlist people last year. Sadness! We're looking for something similar to what we had there, but BIGGER. Smart speakers: The bread and butter of Skepticamp! We need knowledgeable folks to present their expertise in a series of short, 10-to-15-minute talks. Helpful setup and teardown crew: Interested in helping out on the day of the event? That's super important, and we appreciate you taking the time out of your day to "work." Just basic stuff like setting up for lunch and keeping things organized, we generally have so many offers of help that everyone's job is small enough to enjoy the whole day. Amazing speaker wrangler(s): The essential stage manager of the whole show, our speaker wranglers keep things running smoothly (and on time!) throughout the day. Super-crucial A/V team: Make sure that the speakers are heard, slideshows are displayed, and there's a recording of the day for posterity! Some equipment may be available depending on the venue. Go-getting publicity/fundraising: We don't seem to have much trouble generating interest, but we gotta make sure people KNOW about Skepticamp so they come! And fundraising may come up since we're growing. I'm sure there's some crucial job that's missing from this list... so yes, we need your help! Even if you think we've got things covered, we can always use more input. If you're interested, come help kick off our Skepticamp planning, shoot us an email, Tweet at us, send smoke signals, whatever's clever. Help make a great Skepticamp. We have the technology. We can make it even better than it was. Better, stronger...okay, maybe not faster, but you get the gist.

Skepticamp Planning and Ideas Day

February 21, 2015, 12:30pm

...so I completely forgot to add this HERE as well as Meetup. Please come on out on Saturday! Do you want to be a part of this year's Skepticamp? of course you do! Tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in June, we're looking for speakers, planners, and attendees with opinions. Bring yours along to Black Rock on the 21st, and we'll make this year's Skepticamp even more amazing than before. ...and even if you don't want to help with Skepticamp, you should come hang out anyway. Since Skepticamp is FREE, it is entirely a participant-supported event. The spirit of Skepticamp is that everyone contributes in some way. Since we know that not everyone is able to give a talk or run the show or help move chairs, "help" can also include making suggestions, offering opinions, joining the planning committee, providing feedback, or even just making a donation to help offset the costs involved in an event of this size. So how can you help? I'm glad you asked! Here's just a few of the roles we'll be looking to fill: Clever opinion havers: A very important position. We need to know what you like! What you don't like! How we can improve from last year! Logical planning committee members: Do you want to help with the event but not in public? We have space for you! There's plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into Skepticamp for helpful folks who don't necessarily want to be in any spotlight, ever. Connected venue suggestors: While the IAHC has been great to us over the last couple of Camps, we've outgrown their Fifth Province space and had to waitlist people last year. Sadness! We're looking for something similar to what we had there, but BIGGER. Smart speakers: The bread and butter of Skepticamp! We need knowledgeable folks to present their expertise in a series of short, 10-to-15-minute talks. Helpful setup and teardown crew: Interested in helping out on the day of the event? That's super important, and we appreciate you taking the time out of your day to "work." Just basic stuff like setting up for lunch and keeping things organized, we generally have so many offers of help that everyone's job is small enough to enjoy the whole day. Amazing speaker wrangler(s): The essential stage manager of the whole show, our speaker wranglers keep things running smoothly (and on time!) throughout the day. Super-crucial A/V team: Make sure that the speakers are heard, slideshows are displayed, and there's a recording of the day for posterity! Some equipment may be available depending on the venue. Go-getting publicity/fundraising: We don't seem to have much trouble generating interest, but we gotta make sure people KNOW about Skepticamp so they come! And fundraising may come up since we're growing. I'm sure there's some crucial job that's missing from this list... so yes, we need your help! Even if you think we've got things covered, we can always use more input. If you're interested, come help kick off our Skepticamp planning, shoot us an email, Tweet at us, send smoke signals, whatever's clever. Help make a great Skepticamp. We have the technology. We can make it even better than it was. Better, stronger...okay, maybe not faster, but you get the gist.

February 20th, 7:44 pm  ·  

Skeptic, Atheist, Free-thought comedian Ian Harris comes to Chicago area for 3 shows. Thursday April 2nd @ Lake Forest College, April 3rd @ University of Chicago (both fund/awareness raisers for Secular Students Alliance) then 2 shows Saturday April 4th @ Ethical Humanist Society. Plus I will be speaking at the EHSC that Sunday. If you want to see what I am about I have a 71 minute TV special on Hulu and iTunes. I hope to see some of you there. Looking forward to my first time in your area! Here is the Facebook event if you want to join...
Ian Harris: Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
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February 19th, 3:45 pm  ·  

Folks coming to Skeptical Salon:

We've had problems with our kitchen, and as such, we're not going to have as much stuff as we usually do. If folks would like to bring stuff, that's great, but please also plan to take home whatever is left over.

Also, we're flying out in the morning so we're asking folks to please head out by 11:00.

It's just a weird week for many reasons. Thanks!
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February 18th, 8:12 pm  ·  

Quite a few GREAT shots by Jamie Bernstein from the Atlas Obscura launch party. You'll recognize many of these smiling faces.

www.flickr.com/photos/atlasobscura/with/16375942669/
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February 18th, 12:24 pm  ·