Solstice Party 2017 and January Preview

Celebrate the Solstice with CNY Skeptics

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It’s almost time for the annual CNY Skeptics Solstice Party. Our hosts are the always gracious Bryce and Judy Hand. The date of the party is Saturday, December 16, and the time is 6 pm.

Feel free to bring a friend and a musical instrument. While most of us are secular humanists, we still like to sing holiday songs.

The Hands will provide turkey and stuffing, a vegetarian dish, and hot spiced cider. The rest is up to you. Appetizers, veggies, salads, desserts, wine, and beer are welcome. Email the Hands with your dinner contribution.

Bryce and Judy Hand
132 Lynn Circle
Syracuse, NY 13205

Menu So Far

Appetizers
Cashews & Craisins
Taco Dip and Chips
Spicy Pot Stickers
Deviled Eggs

Entree
Turkey & Stuffing
Aloo Matar (Curried Potatoes & Peas)

Veggies & Sides
Roasted Veggies
Slaw
Other Veggies

Desserts
Cookies
Cheese Cake or something else wicked

Facts, Fake Facts, and Alternative Facts

January 17, 7 PM at the Manlius Library

CNY Skeptics welcome back Donald Siegel, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor in the Department Earth Sciences at Syracuse University to talk about the hot topic of facts and fake facts.

Portrait of Don Siegel

Skeptics in the Pub

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Where: The Distillery restaurant in DeWitt, NYstillery, 3112 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, New York 13214 USA

Join CNY Skeptics for a Skeptics in the Pub: Trivia Night event for October 18th! This month, we will be at The Distillery on Erie Boulevard in Dewitt, NY, courtesy of the Syracuse Trivia Company. Come and test your trivia knowledge. No cover charge, but you must pay for your own drinks and food.

September 2017

Photo of Kenny Biddle

Orbs or Dust: Demystifying Alleged Paranormal Photography

Kenny Biddle

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 PM, at the Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

About the talk
This presentation goes into the most popular forms of “ghost & spirits” that are allegedly caught on camera & video. We’ll take a look at examples from ghost hunting groups and famous ghost photos, and compare them to recreations. We’ll break down how the camera—both still and video—capture these anomalies and ghost hunters misinterpret the images.

About the presenter
Kenny Biddle is a science enthusiast and skeptical investigator of paranormal claims. He applies his knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skills to analyzing alleged paranormal photographs. His work has been featured in Skeptical Briefs (newsletter of Skeptical Inquirer magazine), books by Ben Radford, and several skeptical magazines overseas. He is a photography consultant for MUFON, and does a video series that tackles paranormal topics from a skeptical point of view.

May 2017

Susan Gerbic, founder of Guerrilla Skepticism of Wikipedia

“Wikipediatrician” Susan Gerbic

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 PM, at the Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

It’s CNY Skeptics’ 15th birthday, and we’re celebrating by bringing in the Wikipediatrician all the way from Salinas, California! Join us for what’s sure to be a stimulating presentation; we’ll have pizza and birthday cake as well!

About the talk

Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic, founder of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), will give a presentation on the work done by her team of skeptical activists.

At this presentation you will find out how anyone with access to a computer can improve Wikipedia articles.

The Guerrilla Skepticism editing team enhances the skeptical content of Wikipedia by improving the pages of skeptic spokespeople, providing noteworthy citations, and removing the unsourced claims from paranormal and pseudoscientific pages.

Gerbic is the co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics and is also known for her activism against psychics, who she calls “grief vampires.” See more on Wikipedia.

Skeptics in the Pub: Trivia Edition

Bottles of Scotch
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Where: The Distillery, 3112 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, New York 13214 USA

Join CNY Skeptics for a Skeptics in the Pub: Trivia Night event for February 15th! This month, we will be at The Distillery on Erie Boulevard in Dewitt, NY, courtesy of the Syracuse Trivia Company. Come and test your trivia knowledge. No cover charge, but you must pay for your own drinks and food.