Monday, February 19, 2024

A Discussion of "The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See"

  YouTube Live Event for Q and A 

Brian Dunning
Executive Producer / Writer / Presenter, The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See

Saturday, March 2, 1:30pm US/Eastern (UTC-05:00)
NCASVideo YouTube Channel:

This month, NCAS presents a different kind of event. We invite you to watch The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See BEFORE March 2, 2024 (see below for how to watch). Then join us on Saturday, March 2 at 1:30 PM ET for an online Q & A with Executive Producer / Writer / Presenter Brian Dunning.

From the film's website:

"In an age when misinformation, alternative facts, and conspiracy theories have become mainstream, UFOs have risen to become one of the most-talked about pop culture phenomena. With all of this noise, how can we expect anyone to know how much of this is true? What is in our skies? What do we know, and how do we know it? And most importantly: Are we being visited?

Science does have most of these answers, and we're working on answering the rest of them. Featuring experts in cosmology, physics, and image analysis, The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See will lay out for you exactly what we know and how we know it."

Science writer Brian Dunning is a documentary filmmaker and the host of Skeptoid, the award-winning weekly science podcast. Since 2006, Skeptoid has been revealing the true science behind popular misinformation and urban legends. Dunning's recent movies include the educational film Principles of Curiosity (2017) and the feature documentary Science Friction (2022) revealing the deceptive editing that sometimes happens to science experts on mainstream television programs. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Full information about this documentary, including streaming services that carry it, can be found at

To watch the film for free (with ads), use this link:

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Uses and Potential Harms of Psychedelics in Medicine

Presented by 

Peter Grinspoon, M.D.
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Saturday, February 10, 1:30pm US/Eastern (UTC-05:00)

 YouTube Live Event with Q and A

What is the exciting new research about psychedelics as treatment for depression, addiction, pain, and obsessive-compulsive disorder?  What are the barriers (cost, legality, access) and harms?

Peter Grinspoon, M.D.
is a primary care physician and cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a certified Health and Wellness Coach as well as a board member of the advocacy group Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, an advisor to "The Parabola Center," and has been providing medical cannabis care for patients for two decades.

Dr. Grinspoon is a widely recognized expert on cannabis science and drug policy. He regularly appears as an expert on national television and radio programs, including NPR's All Things Considered, NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Fox and Friends, and Fox News. He is quoted frequently in the national media, in such venues as People, the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. He is a TEDX speaker.

Grinspoon's Harvard Health articles have reached tens of millions of readers, have been widely referenced in the national media, and have been cited in Congressional testimony. His writing has been published in The Nation, the Los Angeles Times and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.

He is the author of the groundbreaking memoir Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction, and his most recent book, Seeing through the Smoke: A Cannabis Specialist Untangles the Truth about Marijuana (Prometheus Books, 2023).

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Shadow of a Doubt - January 2024


  • Lecture January 27 - "Am I a "Competent Witness?" - "Steve Lundquist, Retired US Air Force Pilot
  • Eldrich investigations and a discount for NCAS
  • February NCAS Lecture - Peter Grinspoon will present "Uses and Potential Harms of Psychedelics in Medicine."
  • February PhACT lecture - "19th century astronomy" presented by Robert Hicks.
  • February Bay Area Skeptics - Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, will present "A Child's Garden of Climate Change Denial."
  •  "Notable Works" of 2023 Includes Poorly-Researched UFO Book
  • NCAS membership
  • Shadow Light
  • Time to Renew
See the complete January 2024 Shadow

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Am I a “Competent Witness?”January 27, 2024, 1:30pm (On YouTube)

Presented by Steve Lundquist. Retired US Air Force Pilot

Presented via NCAS's You Tube Channel:

"Reliable Witnesses" are a favorite source for credulous reports of just about anything. Because these people have such impressive credentials, the thought of them being incorrect is just hard to wrap your mind around. But even someone who should know better is still subject to all the foibles of being human.

Steve Lundquist is in the Aerospace Defense industry working as a leader in the Program Management Office. He is a retired Air Force pilot, and still flies today. He is actively involved in the skeptical community as an advocate for critical thinking and scientific skepticism. He has been active with the Granite State Skeptics, New York City Skeptics, and the Northeast Conference for Science and Skepticism. He practices everyday skepticism by infusing it into his work and other organizations such as Toastmasters.

Steve Lundquist