Monday, October 27, 2014

Nov 15 - Skeptical Journal Club: How To Read A Medical Study John Cmar, MD

One of the most important aspects of being a healthy skeptic is knowing that just because a scientific study was done on a topic does not mean the study was done well, or that the conclusion the authors reach is supported by what they actually did. But when someone states that a particular study has major flaws or was well-done, what precisely does that mean?

Join us as we analyze two different journal articles in detail, focusing on the good, the bad, and the ugly of how studies are done and interpreted. Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - October 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Oct 11 NCAS Lecture: Not your Parents' Gospels: Historicity, Literary License, and the Crafting of the Gospels.  Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, PhD, Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and an Associate Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies
  • 2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award Presentation
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Oct 8 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oct 11 - Not Your Parents' Gospels: Historicity, Literary License, and the Crafting of the Gospels - Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, Ph.D.

In this talk we will explore how the Christian gospels came to be written, what their purpose might have been, and how ancient communities may have understood the "truth" of the gospels, in comparison to modern audiences. For example, how might the first followers of Jesus understood his role as “miracle-worker”? We will also consider how myth-making and social formation go together, as a way to create new or alternative communities of interest. ...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - September 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Sep 13 NCAS Lecture: The Secrets of Alchemy: Rethinking the Scientific Revolution. Walter F. Rowe, PhD Professor, Department of Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University
  • October NCAS Lecture: Not your Parents' Gospels: Historicity, Literary License, and the Crafting of the Gospels.  Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, PhD, Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and an Associate Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Sep 10 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sep 13 The Secrets of Alchemy: Rethinking the Scientific Revolution - Walter F. Rowe, PhD, Department of Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University

Alchemy is commonly viewed as the quintessential pseudo-science. Historians of science have derided it as mystical science, a pathology of thought and the greatest hindrance to the development of chemistry. Its practitioners have been viewed as cranks and charlatans obsessed with finding the Philosopher’s Stone – that magic “something” that would transmute base metals into gold. However, since the 1970s scholars of the history of science have come to re-assess alchemy. ...