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Skeptics in the Pub: Trivia Edition

Bottles of Scotch
When: Wednesday, February 15, 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.

March 2017

Photo of Kenny Biddle

Orbs or Dust: Demystifying Alleged Paranormal Photography

Kenny Biddle

Wednesday, March 15, 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.

Solstice Party 2016

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 December 17, 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

September 2016

Bryce Hand at Bald Mt. Tower in 2006

A Geologist Looks at the Great Flood . . . or, Noah? No-ah Way!

Bryce Hand, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM at the Dewitt Community Library

Long-time CNY Skeptics member Bryce Hand will give us a look at Noah’s Flood from a geologist’s perspective. Bryce is professor emeritus at Syracuse University.

May 2016

Photo of Jason Wiles

“Trust Me, I’m a ‘Doctor’”

Professor Reverend Dr(s) Jason R. Wiles, Ph.D., D.Div(x3), D.B.E., D.F.S., FRSB

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 PM, Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

This event is free and open to the public.

About the talk
Chances are, when an author or speaker prominently displays the title Dr. on the front covers of their books or in promotional materials, they are relying on the honorific to convey some sense of expertise in a particular area, or, in some cases, a general sense of authority. However, most serious academics rarely if ever include their degrees in their bylines. Good skeptics ought to beware prominent displays of credentials, as they are often “earned” in dubious fashion. This talk will highlight unaccredited and spurious “doctorates” offered by diploma mills and profiteering scam schools often operating under curious loopholes in state regulations on religious and other organizations offering honorary “degrees.”

About the presenter
Jason Wiles is a professor in the Biology Department at Syracuse University with additional appointments in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Science Teaching. He does hold earned degrees in biology, geosciences, and science education, but he has also amassed a stack of questionable honorary degrees, which were shockingly easy to obtain. He is usually willing to talk to people who want to learn about evolution, creationism, science policy and pedagogy, and now he offers advice on how in 20 minutes or less, for $30 or less, you too can lay claim to the authority of the title “doctor” without having to learn a single thing!