Sunday, October 04, 2015

Shadow of a Doubt - October 2015

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Oct 10 NCAS Lecture: The Skeptical Life of Martin Gardner by Dana Richards, PhD
  • Upcoming "Ghost Trackers" Event at Public Library
  • AmazonSmile: Thanks to our members who are supporting NCAS!
  • Shadow Light 
  • Drinking Skeptically in MD and  VA (New Start Time)!
  • Time to Renew?

NCAS Public Lecture Series

The Skeptical Life of Martin Gardner
by Dana Richards, PhD October 10, 1:30pm - 4:00 pm

Bethesda Regional Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD [map] [directions]
(Bethesda Metro station)
FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members

Martin Gardner is well-known as the progenitor of the modern skeptical movement. How did he come to be the skeptic we know today? Original letters, interviews and early writings will be discussed.

Dana RichardsDana Richards received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and has taught at the University of Virginia and George Mason University. He is Martin Gardner's official bibliographer and is working on a biography.

Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

Upcoming "Ghost Trackers" Event at Public Library
Staff at Glen Burnie Library of Anne Arundel County, MD recently "called in the experts to investigate [a special, unearthly visitor stopping in from time to time] - the Maryland Ghost Trackers."

The ghost hunters (and probably the library staff who brought them on the hunt) will be on hand at the Glen Burnie Library on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM so patrons can "learn about the fascinating world of ghost hunters."

AmazonSmile: Thanks to our members who are supporting NCAS!
When you shop at you'll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that a portion of the purchase price (0.5%) goes to NCAS! It's simple and automatic, and it doesn't cost you anything!

AmazonSmile's disbursements to NCAS in the first half of 2015 came to $15.40, meaning that over $3000 of purchases were designated in support of NCAS.  (As an example of how NCAS can put that money to good use, it's almost enough to cover one hour of the Bethesda Library lecture room rental: $20).

Thanks again to our members who have chosen to support NCAS!

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Drinking Skeptically in MD and  VA (New Start Time)!

On  Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m., please join fellow NCASers at either of our simultaneous DC-area Drinking Skeptically events:

Drinking Skeptically Bottle
                          Cap LogoJackie's Sidebar
8081 Georgia Avenue (entrance on Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD

The Front Page Arlington
Rear patio / National Science Foundation atrium
4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
                           across from Ballston Common Mall
                           (703) 248-9990

The most recent Washingtonian magazine list of the best DC-area bars (2013) includes Jackie's Sidebar: "Insider tip: Sop up the spirits with some of the best bar snacks around. We love the Chicago-style dog and grilled-seaweed-sprinkled popcorn."

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There's no cover charge and all are welcome. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on the human body.

Time to Renew?
Be sure to check your renewal date above your postal address on the Shadow Light postcard. Send any queries to  Use the online membership form to renew.

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