Category Archives: Lectures

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.

Solstice Party 2018 and January 2019 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 Friday, December 21, 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 and/or if you need directions to their house.

Nuclear Power TO BE RESCHEDULED

Instead join us for Skeptics in the Pub

January 16, 7 PM, at The Distillery on Erie Blvd.

November 2018 Debbie Goddard on Effective Activism

Debbie Goddard

“The Science of Change: Evidence-Based Methods for Effective Activism”

Debbie Goddard

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

About the talk
The goal of activism is to change things, but how do we know what works? In a challenging political climate ripe for protests and petitions, it’s important to consider the effectiveness of our actions. Drawing from the experience of seasoned activists and organizers, Center for Inquiry outreach director Debbie Goddard will outline evidence-based methods for building campaigns and developing functional goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, and messaging so that our activism actually works.

About the presenter
Debbie Goddard is the director of campus and community programs and the director of African Americans for Humanism at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), where she has worked for 12 years. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations on group organizing, campaign-building and activism, diversity and outreach, student activism, the secular movement, and other topics for local groups and national conferences across North America. She has also been the lead organizer for conferences including Women in Secularism 4 and the annual CFI Leadership Conference. In 2012, she led a notable billboard campaign featuring black atheists, and in 2009, she helped coordinate an international campaign highlighting blasphemy laws and free expression.Before working for CFI, Debbie participated in freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with LGBTQ issues and progressive activism.

September 2018 Meeting on Pseudo to Science

Portrait of George Stadalski

“The Evolution from Pseudo to Science: The Disenchantment of a Ghost Hunter”

George Stadalski

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

About the talk
This month’s discussion will be about the state (or better said, lack) of science awareness in society and how the para-entertainment culture misinforms people about the paranormal and what scientific research into the paranormal should look like. There is a movement within the paranormal hobby toward more of a scientific approach and away from the entertainment aspect. George will talk about some of the things that are being done to make the shift towards science.

About the presenter
George Stadalski dislikes the term ghost hunter and feels it cheapens the hobby. Growing up, he was drawn to reading books like “Carnacki: The Ghost-Finder,” “Chariots of The Gods,” and “Phone Calls from the Dead,” watching shows like “In Search Of . . .” with Leonard Nimoy and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” The one thing that left a lasting impression on him was a scene from the movie Poltergeist where a team from UC Irvine studies the alleged phenomena.

George does not claim to be a scientist, but he has always loved learning about science. His goal is to look at the theories that paranormal investigators work with and try to determine where they came from and if they are based on fact or based in belief. Many groups claim to perform scientific investigations, using hi-tech, expensive equipment, but it is not enough to own the equipment; you must also know how to use it. The science is in the process, not the technology.