OF INTEREST: March Against Myths 2017

Saturday, May 20
11:00 AM

Location: Berghoff Restaurant

Join March Against Myths in the continued struggle to #DefendScience!

We are being joined by special guests plant geneticist Karl Haro von Mogel and media personality/author Kavin Senapathy to help lead the event. Meet fun cool science people! We will help make this event fun and easy whether or not you have done a street demonstration before. There are a number of roles we have to offer and you get to decide how you would like to participate. The plans are secret though so just show up and get the details! See what a real-life MAM protest looks like and bear witness to the injustice so you can share that experience with others. Show the world that you rose up to DEFEND SCIENCE!

11:00 am – Meet n greet, get briefed with roles, warmup.
12:00 pm – Collaborative field demonstration
1:00 pm – March to Chicago Science Fest (MAMyths participants get $5 off tickets! http://www.illinoisscience.org/event/chicago-science-fest/ )

We are March Against Myths and we defend science through activism. This is a counter-protest against those who threaten public safety and security through their denial of the scientific consensus. We side with the scientific consensus in recognizing:

  • Vaccination is vital for disease prevention.
  • Genetic engineering is a safe & important technology.
  • Modern medicine improves the quality of life.
  • Human-caused global warming is real and needs to be mitigated.

This is your call to rise up with us in to continue the fight against the attack on science! ✊ Be a part of history, don’t miss it!

By registering to attend you agree to abide by the March Against Myths Code of Conduct:

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!

OF INTEREST: How The Ear’s Works Work

Saturday, May 15, 2017
5:00 PM

Location: Chicago Cultural Center – Claudia Cassidy Theater

How the Ear’s Works Work: A Biological Hearing Aid Optimizes Your Hearing
The Grossman Institute’s Mind and Brain Annual Public Lecture
A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
F.M. Kirby Professor, Rockefeller University

The Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago hosts an annual free Neuroscience Public Lecture, designed to provide insights into key developments in neuroscience research to a diverse audience.

This year Jim Hudspeth, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor at Rockefeller University, will discuss exciting advances in our understanding of the inner ear.

Dr. Hudspeth is renowned for his ability to communicate both the remarkable properties that give rise to the senses of hearing and balance, and research advances in repair and regeneration of damaged inner ear sensory cells.

This series is designed for a wide audience. The event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested below.

REGISTER HERE: http://neuroscience.uchicago.edu/public-lecture/

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!

Skeptics March for Science!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM

Location: Congress Parkway & Michigan Avenue (March entrance)

The March for Science Chicago was inspired by threats to the validity of scientific data, to the role of scientific organizations in policy making, and to the spirit of science as a means to learn about our world. It joins those who have called attention to the troubling trend of disconnect between public policy and valid scientific methods. It amplifies the call for a closer and more representative relationship between the scientific community and the public it serves.

The March for Science Chicago seeks to promote independent, ethical and open scientific inquiry, encourage the diversity of Chicago’s local science culture, cultivate civic engagement in science, support excellence in education, and build a better narrative in science communication.

That all sounds relevant to our interests, so we’re gathering fellow skeptics and critical thinkers to march for science together. More details to come; help us pick a good spot to meet in the comments below. (Maybe we’ll do a sign-making party too? Who knows!)

Learn more about March Day here.

RALLY: 10am

MARCH: 11am


Don’t forget to register for the March here: http://bit.ly/2o8rbfH

If you’re the type to wear your science on your sleeve (or mug, or tote bag), you can buy March for Science Chicago gear!

And if you’re feeling generous, you can support the March for Science Chicago with a donation.

Take the CTA and save parking money and the planet!

The entrance to the March for Science will be at Congress Parkway near Michigan Avenue. (map: https://goo.gl/maps/fuvHsrheh5R2) We’ll march along Columbus down to Museum Campus!

The pre-march rally will be on Columbus near Jackson; Jackson is closed to pedestrian traffic so enter at Congress.

Skeptical Salon: Here Be Dragons by Dennis McCarthy

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 PM

Location: South Loop (address on Meetup)

Our Salon is back in the South Loop for April! We’ll be reading Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth by Dennis McCarthy.

From Goodreads:
“Why do we find polar bears only in the Arctic and penguins only in the Antarctic? Why are marsupials found only in Australia and South America? In a book that Science News called “fascinating and revelatory,” Dennis McCarthy tells a story that encompasses two great, insightful theories that together explain the strange patterns of life across the world–evolution and plate tectonics. We find animals and plants where we do because, over time, the continents have moved, separating and uniting in a long, slow dance; because sea levels have risen, cutting off one bit of land from another; because new and barren volcanic islands have risen up from the sea; and because animals and plants vary greatly in their ability to travel, and separation causes the formation of new species. This is the story of how life has responded to, and has in turn altered, the ever-changing Earth. And it includes many fascinating tales–of pygmy mammoths and elephant birds and of radical ideas by bold young scientists.”

(Please note: there is another book titled Here Be Dragons, it’s by David Koerner and about extraterrestrial life. That’s NOT the book we’re reading this month, so make sure you get the one by Dennis McCarthy.)

Lecture: Reinventing Philanthropy

Saturday, April 5, 2017
7:00 PM

Location: Unitarian Church of Evanston

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.

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.