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Anyone know of a good book about theories and studies of epigenetics? Interesting topic but seemingly filled with pseudoscience on the internet, I'd love to read more about the actual research. ... See MoreSee Less

May 28th, 11:46 am  ·  

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

Cognitive Evolution and Paleolithic Art

May 21, 2016, 12:30pm

There are decades, millennia even, of speculation about human nature from both philosophy and religion, especially with regards to our unique cognitive abilities. We are at a point in time of our species development and science advancement that we can make some more enlightened hypotheses about how our unique cognition evolved. The info and the ideas and eventually the answers will come from archaeology, paleo-anthropology neuroscience, developmental and cognitive psychology. Is it a coincidence that intensive observational hunting of large mammals and Cave Art occur at the same time 40,000 years ago? Why are depictions of humans not portrayed with the same skill as those of animals? From simple inscribed lines (70,000 ya) to detail of animal form, posture and behavior, Dr. William Zingrone will present a hypothesis about the development of human cognition through evolutionary means from the point of view of developmental psychology. Dr. Zingrone is a Developmental Psychologist with passionate research interests in Consciousness and Cognitive Evolution. "My driving motivation is to dispel outdated religious based ideas about human nature that are ingrained in the folk beliefs of our modern culture. Father, devoted husband in his 61st year, hockey fan, information sponge, music lover, out to give religion the drubbing it deserves."

May 21st, 11:45 am  ·  

TONIGHT! Bring your snacks! ... See MoreSee Less

Farewell to Skeptic Tower

May 19, 2016, 7:30pm

5 E 14th Pl, Chicago, IL 60605-2785, United States

There's no Skeptical Salon book for this month, because OUR HOSTS ARE MOVING! Instead, we're having one last hurrah at Skeptic Tower. Same bat time, same bat channel, bring your favorite snack or beverage to share. Come hang out with your favorite fans of science and critical thinking, and get one last photo off the balcony. There may be boxes! Possibly a rogue dishwasher! There will be dogs! There will be merriment! There is definitely short notice, but we're still gonna do the thing!

May 19th, 11:18 am  ·  

I'm not trying to promote my own stuff here, but this piece has some skeptical significance. ... See MoreSee Less

Warning: disturbing content Did a Kenyan police officer curbstomp a protestor in Nairobi? It's the Daily Curio. collegeofcuriosity.com/2-94-the-dark-side-of-curiosity-a-beating-in-kenya/

May 17th, 9:42 am  ·  

Sorry about the late notice, everyone... moving is hard! ... See MoreSee Less

Farewell to Skeptic Tower

May 19, 2016, 7:30pm

5 E 14th Pl, Chicago, IL 60605-2785, United States

There's no Skeptical Salon book for this month, because OUR HOSTS ARE MOVING! Instead, we're having one last hurrah at Skeptic Tower. Same bat time, same bat channel, bring your favorite snack or beverage to share. Come hang out with your favorite fans of science and critical thinking, and get one last photo off the balcony. There may be boxes! Possibly a rogue dishwasher! There will be dogs! There will be merriment! There is definitely short notice, but we're still gonna do the thing!

May 16th, 4:20 pm  ·