Monday, September 12, 2016

October 8 - 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Eric Cline, Ph.D.
Professor of Classics and Anthropology
The George Washington University


From about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. It was not until centuries later that a new cultural renaissance emerged in Greece and the other affected areas, setting the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today.  Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Shadow of a Doubt - September 2016

 The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • September 10 - "They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge" Presented by John Monahan, Science Writer/Teacher/Author
  • October NCAS Lecture
  • October 20: I’m Not Afraid of No Ghost Tour!
  • NCAS Board Elections 
  • Torn from today's headlines
  • AmazonSmile: Thanks to our members who are supporting NCAS!
  • Shadow Light
  • Drinking Skeptically on hiatus
NCAS Public Lecture Series

They Called Me Mad:
Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge
John Monahan
Science Writer/Teacher/Author

Saturday, September 10, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Bethesda Regional Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD
(Bethesda Metro station)
FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members
From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Horrible, the mad scientist has become an icon in books, movies, comics and games. We love them, loathe them. We tremble and laugh at them, but why? Is it the fiendish devices, the willful disregard for the scientific orthodoxy, or is it all the maniacal laughter? Believe it or not, many of them are based on real scientists who pushed the boundaries of science, only to earn the scorn of their peers. Join us for a conversation of mad scientists fictional and real from the past, present and future, if you dare. "Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!"

John Monahan is a science writer and long-time science teacher in Baltimore City. He has taught biology, chemistry and physics, at both the middle school and high school level, and has had the opportunity to integrate science fiction into his science curriculum. In addition he has taught classes on writing science fiction. He is also the author of the book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. John is a long-term resident of Baltimore and is a graduate of Towson University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in science and a Master’s degree in professional writing. Currently, he blogs on his Mad4Science blog at mad4science.wordpress.com.

Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

September 10 - They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge

Presented by John Monahan
Science writer and long-time science teacher
Baltimore, Maryland 

From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Horrible, the mad scientist has become an icon in books, movies, comics and games. We love them, loathe them. We tremble and laugh at them, but why? Is it the fiendish devices, the willful disregard for the scientific orthodoxy, or is it all the maniacal laughter? Believe it or not, many of them are based on real scientists who pushed the boundaries of science, only to earn the scorn of their peers. Join us for a conversation of mad scientists fictional and real from the past, present and future, if you dare.

John Monahan is a science writer and long-time science teacher in Baltimore City. He has taught biology, chemistry and physics, at both the middle school and high school level, and has had the opportunity to integrate science fiction into his science curriculum. In addition he has taught classes on writing science fiction. He is also the author of the book "They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge." John is a long-term resident of Baltimore and is a graduate of Towson University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in science and a Master’s degree in professional writing. Currently, he blogs on his Mad4Science blog at mad4science.wordpress.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1:30pm
Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, Maryland

Saturday, June 11, 2016

July 7 - Doubt and Denial as Challenges to, and in, Teaching Climate Change

Presented by Glenn Branch, M.A.
Deputy Director:
National Center for Science Education

Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result. Reviewing recent
controversies over the place of climate science in state science
standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous national survey of science teachers, Glenn Branch from the National Center for Science Education will explain how doubt and denial about climate change are affecting science education.

Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE. Formerly a graduate student in philosophy at UCLA, where he won prizes both for scholarship and teaching, he is conversant with the philosophical debates surrounding creationism and "intelligent design"; he is also a long-time student of pseudo-science. Branch is co-editor, with Eugenie Scott, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools, and the author or coauthor of numerous articles on creationism and evolution in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics

Thursday, July 7, 2016
7:30 pm (Please note special date and time)

Chevy Chase Library
Downstairs Meeting Room
8005 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase, MD
Parking in back.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shadow of a Doubt - May 2016

 The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • May 14 - "The Man who Stalked Einstein"  - Presented by Bruce J. Hillman, MD
  • July NCAS Lecture
  • 2016 NCAS Philip J. Klass Awardd Presentation Dinner
  • Happy Friday the 13th!
  • Torn from Today's Headlines
  • NCAS Board Elections 
  • AmazonSmile: Thanks to our members who are supporting NCAS!
  • Shadow Light
  • Drinking Skeptically on hiatus
NCAS Public Lecture Series

The Man Who Stalked Einstein:
A Tale of Scientific Differences, Envy, and Ethnic Prejudice

Presented by Bruce J. Hillman, MD



The Man Who Stalked Einstein details the antagonistic relationship between Philipp Lenard – the 1905 Nobel Prize winner for physics – and Time Magazine’s ‘Man of the 20th Century,’ Albert Einstein. The two men were antipodes in nearly every regard. Lenard was an experimentalist, who believed the theoretical physics of Einstein was calculated charlatanry. He was a strident German nationalist, whose personal financial reversals and the death of his son led him to believe the popular Nazi shibboleth that the Jews were at fault for Germany’s problems. Lenard personalized Einstein as ‘the Jew.’ Over time, his writings and speeches attacking Einstein reversed the public’s perception of the once popular Einstein and had much to do with Einstein’s fleeing Europe in 1933. Following Hitler’s consolidation of authority, Lenard and his protégé, Johannes Stark - empowered by newly enacted anti-Semitic laws – led the dismissal of all Jewish scientists from German universities.

 

Bruce J. Hillman, MD, is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Virginia.  He has published more than 300 articles in the medical literature, as well as the 2010 book, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – How Medical Imaging is Changing Health Care, explaining medical imaging for a lay audience. He has edited three medical journals, including his current role as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Phillip Lenard Changed the Course of History is his first work of creative non-fiction.