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CNY Skeptics is on hiatus

After eighteen years of continuous activity, CNY Skeptics is taking a break. Several events came together to make this time right for a hiatus, including Covid-19 and the 2020 elections (one of our officers is working hard to get a local candidate elected).

I don’t know if we will return to our normal programming of public talks and Skeptics in the Pub. I do know that we have had a good run.

Thank you to our members and presenters who over the years have provided Central New York with a bit more rationality and critical thinking than may have occurred otherwise. You know who you are.

–Lisa Jong-Soon Goodlin, Founder
25 October 2020

December 2019 Meeting: Anthony Krishock, “Magical Thinking: The Dangers of Pseudoscience”

Anthony Krishock from CNY Humanists and and the Syracuse Atheist Society

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY Event is Free and Open to the Public Light refreshments will be served

About the talk What exactly is pseudoscience? How does it affect my life? Learn the dangers that pseudoscience poses to you, the insidious ways that it seeps into our everyday lives, how to identify it and what you can do to push back against it.

About the presenter Anthony Krishock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, minor in Mathematics from Millersville University of Pennsylvania He’s been a member of the CNY Skeptics for a little more than a year now. He’s a Humanist and a member of the board of directors of the Central New York Humanist association along with President of the Syracuse Atheist Society. In his spare time, He’s also an avid amateur astronomer and serves on the board of the Syracuse Astronomical Society and is a member of the Central New York observers.

May 2019 Russ Dobler from NYC Skeptics

Russ Dobler from NYC Skeptics and AiPT! Comics

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

Photo of Russ Dobler

About the talk
We lost the Man last year, so let’s take a look at Stan Lee’s comic book creations and notice they reflect the fact that no one really knew what the heck “radiation” was in the ’60s, despite the word being everywhere. As time goes on, other “sciencey” words become either scary or overhyped, great for both new superhero origins and for conniving hucksters. “Quantum”? “Toxin”? Like Stan said, if it sounds good, use it!

About the presenter
President of the New York City Skeptics, Russ Dobler has a degree in geophysics and a certificate in journalism, which he combines in his role as Science Editor for the pop culture website AiPT! Comics, where he writes about not just the science of superheroes, but the portrayal of skepticism in media and how to apply skepticism to media. His favorite thing, though, is to help other people refine their voices and craft work on topics they care about.

March 2019

Ethan Kocak: Fartist of Science Twitter or, How to fall backwards into an illustration career by tweeting about science until someone gives you a job

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

Portrait of Ethan Kocak

About the talk
The artist recounts his path from relatively unknown animator and web cartoonist to slightly more well-known illustrator of scientist portraits, science books, and a New York Times best-selling book about flatulence that started out as a Twitter joke.

About the presenter
Ethan Kocak is an artist and illustrator best known for the online comic series “Black Mudpuppy” and various science-related art projects including the New York Times best seller, Does It Fart? and TV presenter and biologist Ben Garrod’s dinosaur series, “So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?” He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, son, and collection of rare salamanders.