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February 22nd, 11:03 pm  ·  

Today! Snacking starts at 7:30, we'll begin the discussion around 8. ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: Blood Work

February 22, 2018, 7:30pm

The Skeptical Salon is BACK for 2018! For February, we'll be reading Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker. One of our longer suggestions since there will be plenty of time to obtain and read this one, but it is full of INTRIGUE and MURDER! So that's fun. From Goodreads: Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution "A sharp-eyed exposé of the deadly politics, murderous plots, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first blood transfusions in seventeenth-century Europe. "On a cold day in December 1667 the renegade physician Jean Denis transfused ten ounces of calf's blood into Antoine Mauroy, a madman. Several days and several transfusions later, Mauroy was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting and wide-reaching history, Blood Work shows how blood transfusion became swept up in personal vendettas, international intrigues, and the war between science and superstition. In a foreshadowing of today's stem cell and cloning debates, proponents saw transfusion as a long-awaited cure to deadly illnesses, while others worried that science was toying with forces of nature, perhaps even paving the way for monstrous hybrid creatures. Taking us from the highest ranks of society to the lowest, Holly Tucker introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, all ruthless contenders in the battle over transfusion. Finally, in a feat of historical research, she reveals the true identities of Mauroy's murderers—and their motivations to kill." • What to bring If you have one, bring your copy of the book for the inevitable moment we need a reference during the discussion. There's always a table for food, so bring any snacks or drinks you'd like to share. • Important to know For those who have never attended a Skeptical Salon, it is merely *recommended* that you read (or at least start) the book so you are not bored while the rest of us discuss it. The Salon is held in a private residence, so please refrain from arriving early to allow them time to get home from work and prepare for your arrival. There are stairs to get into the home, which also has a cat.

February 22nd, 9:45 am  ·  

Hello! I wanted to invite you guys to this great show in a week! It's at At North on North Ave. Myself and Andrew Frank are Nationally Touring Comedians that use comedy as a vehicle to start conversations surrounding big ideas and against power structures like capitalism, corporations and religion! I think the folks in this group would really enjoy this show. I hope you guys get your tickets early and come hangout with us! See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Chicago: Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank's Nationwide Comedy Takeover

February 17, 2018, 7:30pm - February 17, 2018, 10:00pm

The Anti-Imperialism Nationwide Comedy Takeover with Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank! An evening of Socially Conscious Comedy! Featuring Arish Singh Saturday February 17, 2018 at 8pm. Doors at 7:30pm Live at At North $5 online/$10 at the door Tickets: comedytakeover-feb17.brownpapertickets.com About Andrew: Andrew Frank is a comedian based out of Chicago. His cerebral, imaginative style and relentless ethic have earned him three nationwide tours spanning a total of 42 cities. His love of language, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and cosmology are on full display each time he takes the stage. He has had the privilege of working alongside great comedic minds such as Anthony Jeselnik, Kevin Nealon, Jake Johannsen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chad Daniels, Tommy Johnagin, and many more. He was the Winner of Make Me Laugh 2015, The Winner of Go Bananas Comedy Club's Funniest in Cincinnati 2016, the Runner Up in Trial By Laughter 2015, and the Runner Up of Helium's Funniest in St. Louis 2016 Competition. He was selected as one of 32 comics to participate in the 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in November 2017. His first independently filmed hour special entitled Macrocosm was released in February 2017. Andrew continues to explore his mind and the minds of others at clubs, independent venues, and colleges all over the country. About Krish: Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor. Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic philosophical & sociological twist! Mohan has also been featured on NPR and performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy & social vigilantism. He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”. Join the Takeover!

February 9th, 8:20 am  ·  

I can't even listen to anymore tonight.... "thousands and thousands" extra back in taxes per worker? Really? All the white people who gave a standing ovation when he talked about protecting the "religious liberties" of the poor misunderstood Christian American majority?!?! The "war" on "beautiful CLEAN coal power" is over!?!?!? Say what?? 🤢😨 ... See MoreSee Less

January 31st, 12:29 am  ·  

Hello, skeptical friends! Would you be interested in HOSTING the Skeptical Salon this month? Jennifer's swamped and I live in a third-floor walkup with a broken buzzer, so I turn to you, our fine members, in search of a welcoming host. If we can come to your house, you get all the leftover snacks! 😆 ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: Blood Work

February 22, 2018, 7:30pm

The Skeptical Salon is BACK for 2018! For February, we'll be reading Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker. One of our longer suggestions since there will be plenty of time to obtain and read this one, but it is full of INTRIGUE and MURDER! So that's fun. From Goodreads: Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution "A sharp-eyed exposé of the deadly politics, murderous plots, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first blood transfusions in seventeenth-century Europe. "On a cold day in December 1667 the renegade physician Jean Denis transfused ten ounces of calf's blood into Antoine Mauroy, a madman. Several days and several transfusions later, Mauroy was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting and wide-reaching history, Blood Work shows how blood transfusion became swept up in personal vendettas, international intrigues, and the war between science and superstition. In a foreshadowing of today's stem cell and cloning debates, proponents saw transfusion as a long-awaited cure to deadly illnesses, while others worried that science was toying with forces of nature, perhaps even paving the way for monstrous hybrid creatures. Taking us from the highest ranks of society to the lowest, Holly Tucker introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, all ruthless contenders in the battle over transfusion. Finally, in a feat of historical research, she reveals the true identities of Mauroy's murderers—and their motivations to kill." • What to bring If you have one, bring your copy of the book for the inevitable moment we need a reference during the discussion. There's always a table for food, so bring any snacks or drinks you'd like to share. • Important to know For those who have never attended a Skeptical Salon, it is merely *recommended* that you read (or at least start) the book so you are not bored while the rest of us discuss it. The Salon is held in a private residence, so please refrain from arriving early to allow them time to get home from work and prepare for your arrival. There are stairs to get into the home, which also has a cat.

January 29th, 12:15 pm  ·  

Beth Voigt shared Curiosity's How to Win an Argument Online to the group: Chicago Skeptics. ... See MoreSee Less

Why is it so hard to win online arguments? There's a lot of psychology at play, but here's how you can overcome it. Read the full article here: curiosity.im/MotivatedReasoning

January 24th, 2:48 pm  ·