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Tonight we eat and drink over a discussion of body-snatching and surgery before germ theory. 😱 🔪 🏥 🤕 ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: The Knife Man by Wendy Moore

February 23, 2017, 7:30pm

For February's Skeptical Salon, we'll be reading The Knife Man by Wendy Moore. Bring a snack or drink to share as we discuss John Hunter's legacy. From Google Books: "In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acquaintances. A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so—including body snatching, performing pioneering medical experiments, and infecting himself with venereal disease—this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today." Here's the event on Meetup: meetu.ps/e/Cs39b/1C8r/d

February 23rd, 8:36 am  ·  

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

Lecture: Reinventing Philanthropy

April 5, 2017, 7:00pm - April 5, 2017, 9:00pm

Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy. Americans give over $350 billion to charity every year. Unfortunately, our best intentions often lead to ineffective outcomes. How can we maximize the positive impact of our resources? Eric Friedman, author of the book “Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving,” challenges common views on charitable giving and offers practical strategies to improve it, including the best ways to identify high performance nonprofits and the most important criteria for selecting causes to support. reinventingphilanthropy.com/ This lecture is free and open to the general public. Paid for by the Unitarian Church of Evanston Endowment Fund and sponsored by Doing the Most Good Group.

February 18th, 9:52 am  ·  

Tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

The Arrogance of Religious Thought

February 18, 2017, 12:30pm - February 18, 2017, 3:30pm

We have an author in our midst! Bill will join us again in February to talk about his newly-published book, The Arrogance of Religious Thought . "[A] provocative, challenging, and irreverent expose' of the obnoxious arrogance inherent in all religious thinking: condemning one another to eternal torment, relegating women and gays to second class citizenship, dividing humanity into arbitrary factions, sexual repression, denial of knowledge, promoting delusions of god and the afterlife, upholding phony patriarchal authority, claiming eternal truth without evidence, and child indoctrination. Religion is not good for the human race. We would be better off dropping these bad habits on which we give religion a free pass. We must stop lying to our children that religions are true. Information kills religion and this book is a call for more secular activism to increase the already considerable success of our 21st century New Enlightenment." About our speaker: William A. Zingrone is a PhD. Lecturer in Developmental Psychology 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 of four, in his 62nd year, hockey fan, information sponge, music lover, out to give religion the drubbing it deserves. Founder, faculty advisor and member of various campus and meetup secular organizations, Illinois chairman of the Secular Coalition for America.

February 17th, 9:49 am  ·  

School segregation remains a problem and might get worse with what Betsy DeVos & the Trump Administration has in mind to reform it! (If you think this is important please watch, share & like the page) ... See MoreSee Less

Segregation Remains A HUGE Problem In Schools! With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, we see how education reform is more divided. With school segregation still an issue and possible grizzlies attack, we see these being a what kids learn being ignored over who's got the right answers! (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 Gumroad: gumroad.com/krishmohanhaha Download my new album "How Not To Fit In": ramannoodlescomedy.bandcamp.com/album/how-not-to-fit-in

February 17th, 9:39 am  ·  

Read a book, read a book! One week left, plan your snacks accordingly. ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: The Knife Man by Wendy Moore

February 23, 2017, 7:30pm

For February's Skeptical Salon, we'll be reading The Knife Man by Wendy Moore. Bring a snack or drink to share as we discuss John Hunter's legacy. From Google Books: "In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acquaintances. A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so—including body snatching, performing pioneering medical experiments, and infecting himself with venereal disease—this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today." Here's the event on Meetup: meetu.ps/e/Cs39b/1C8r/d

February 16th, 10:51 am  ·  

This Saturday! ... See MoreSee Less

The Arrogance of Religious Thought

February 18, 2017, 12:30pm - February 18, 2017, 3:30pm

We have an author in our midst! Bill will join us again in February to talk about his newly-published book, The Arrogance of Religious Thought . "[A] provocative, challenging, and irreverent expose' of the obnoxious arrogance inherent in all religious thinking: condemning one another to eternal torment, relegating women and gays to second class citizenship, dividing humanity into arbitrary factions, sexual repression, denial of knowledge, promoting delusions of god and the afterlife, upholding phony patriarchal authority, claiming eternal truth without evidence, and child indoctrination. Religion is not good for the human race. We would be better off dropping these bad habits on which we give religion a free pass. We must stop lying to our children that religions are true. Information kills religion and this book is a call for more secular activism to increase the already considerable success of our 21st century New Enlightenment." About our speaker: William A. Zingrone is a PhD. Lecturer in Developmental Psychology 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 of four, in his 62nd year, hockey fan, information sponge, music lover, out to give religion the drubbing it deserves. Founder, faculty advisor and member of various campus and meetup secular organizations, Illinois chairman of the Secular Coalition for America.

February 15th, 7:49 am  ·