Monday, August 28, 2006

Why Darwin Matters

Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design (event flyer)(book)
Talk & book signing
by Michael Shermer, PhD, Skeptics Society Executive Director
Thu, Oct 12, 7 pm Oakton High School 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, VA 22181
Discount book sales & signing 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The program will start at 7:30 pm.
Only 30 minutes from Rockville or Bethesda (map, custom directions & travel times)
At this event, Dr. Shermer will be presented the first NCAS Philip J. Klass Award for "outstanding contributions in promoting critical thinking and scientific understanding." FREE & PUBLIC. Co-sponsored with the Alliance for Science.

By Metro:
Oakton HS is 1/2 mile west of Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro on foot, taxi cab or bus 2W (Map).

By Car:
  • From I-495, the capital beltway, take I-66 West.
  • Exit I-66 at Nutley Street, which is the first set of exits outside the beltway.
  • The Nutley Street exit is a long service road with three separate exit points.
  • Go to the 3rd / last of these exits. The sign will say, "Metro Parking."
  • Take the "Metro Parking" exit to a traffic light at Country Creek Road.
  • Turn left onto Country Creek Road. Oakton High School is dead ahead.
  • Go to the 4-way stop at Sutton Road.
Dr. Shermer's full East Coast book tour itinerary.
Free NCAS 20th Anniversary That's Nice, Prove It! button to all at this event.

Noon Oct 12 Dr. Shermer at Cato Institute (event web page) FREE & PUBLIC
Dr. Shermer will give another free public book talk and signing for Why Darwin Matters at noon October 12 at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW., Washington, D.C. Jonathan Wells, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, will provide comments in disagreement with Dr. Shermer. Reservations required. To make your reservation for the Cato Institute event by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, October 11, 2006 go to (bottom of page) or call (202) 789-5229 or e-mail . The Cato Institute requests business attire. NCAS is not a sponsor of this Cato Institute event.

Veritas Vioxx - Ripped From the Headlines

Looking at Junk Science & Junk Justice By Roberta Shaffer
New Time & Location: Sep 9, 2:30 pm at Tysons-Pimmit Library, Falls Church, VA.
Free NCAS 20th Anniversary memorabilia to all who attend this event.
Scientific literacy among judges who rule on the acceptance of expert testimony and the legitimacy of arguments about the nature and scope of science is crucial to ensuring reality-based interpretation of law.

The recent and continuing litigation regarding the prescription drug Vioxx highlights a variety of issues about scientific evidence, and particularly the role of medical research journals in evaluating scientific evidence. The multitude of Vioxx cases may lead to a "new truth" about how we can view and use scientific evidence with the looming concern that "junk science" always presents a real risk of resulting in "junk justice." Event flyer (pdf) - (Directions) - (MAP)