Saturday, November 26, 2022

December 3 - The 'Science' of the Paranormal

Presented by Bryan Bonner and Bob Lewis from Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society for a look into researching claims of the paranormal. They will be presenting their lecture virtually.

Central Library
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA [map] [directions]
(Virginia Square-GMU Metro station)
FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members 

  Also a YouTube Live Event with Q and A 


NCASVideo YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/QPqu82HVwqo
 
 
Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society is a group that has served the general public nationwide. On a daily basis, their professional team is contacted by real people who are frightened by weird and sometimes terrifying occurrences that happen in their businesses and homes. It is their mission to help these people, and to educate the public. This is achieved through humor, creativity and compassion. For over two decades Rocky Mountain Paranormal has examined a wide range of reported paranormal phenomena, including ghosts, poltergeists, psychics, UFOs, conspiracy theories, urban legends, cryptids, and much more. Unlike others in the field, they have made sure not to run around cemeteries, screaming and scaring the group with over‐active imaginations. From the field to the lab, they test bizarre beliefs and practices, conduct experiments and on‐site investigations, and recreate unusual events. They have confronted hauntings, Ouija board activity, levitation, psychic readings, alien abductions, and telephones that try to talk to the dead. With extensive experience and training, using a collection of equipment and the most important tool--critical thinking--they utilize stage magic, mentalism, history, and science to seek the evidence to solve the mysteries and close the cases. Their work has earned the respect of believers and skeptics alike, and earned the fear of fraudsters and charlatans.

 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Shadow of a Doubt - November 2022

 

  • November 12 -  NCAS lecture -America the fearful: Media and Marketing of National Panics - Presented by Benjamin Radford, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
  • Skeptics return to the desert after 3 plague years
  • Prez Sez
  • AmazonSmile
  • Shadow Lite
  • Time to Renew? 
Read Shadow here

Thursday, November 03, 2022

November 12 - America the Fearful

Presented by Benjamin Radford
Research Fellow, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry 
Saturday, November 12, 1:30pm - 4:00pm US/Eastern


Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
2nd Floor (West Room)
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD [map] [directions]
(Bethesda Metro station)

FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members

 


National panics about crime, immigrants, police, and societal degradation have been pervasive in the United States of the 21st century. Many of these fears begin as mere phantom fears, but are systematically amplified by social media, news media, bad actors and even well-intentioned activists. There are numerous challenges facing the U.S., but Americans must sort through which fears are legitimate threats and which are amplified exaggerations. In his latest book, America the Fearful, Benjamin Radford examines the role of fear in national panics and addresses why many Americans believe the country is in horrible shape and will continue to deteriorate (despite contradictory evidence). Political polarization, racism, sexism, economic inequality, and other social issues are examined. Combining media literacy, folklore, investigative journalism, psychology, neuroscience, and critical thinking approaches, this book reveals the powerful role that fear plays in clouding perceptions about the U.S. It not only records the repercussions of this toxic phenomenon, but also offers evidence-based solutions.

Benjamin Radford is longtime deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, and a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a non-profit educational organization. Over the past twenty years he has investigated dozens of mysterious and unexplained phenomena. He is author of a dozen books and thousands of articles on media and science literacy and co-host of the Squaring the Strange podcast.

Mr. Radford will be joining us remotely via Zoom.

Friday, October 07, 2022

Shadow of a Doubt - October 2022

 

  • October 8 -  NCAS lecture - Not exactly lying: Fake news and fake journalism in American History. Presented by Dr. Andie Tucher
  • Annual Membership Meeting - Part 2
  • Prez Sez
  • 2022 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award to Susan Gerbic
  • September PhACT Lecture
  • AmazonSmile
  • Shadow Lite
  • Time to Renew? 
Read Shadow here