The Best Thing about New York City is: You & Me

That’s right: YOU, and ME, in New York City. Does it get any better? I doubt it. I’m giving a talk for the NYC Skeptics on Saturday, February 16 at 1pm. The event is free and located at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St. (at Rivington St., two blocks south of Houston).

I am demanding that you all show up. Or at least, all of you in the Northeast — hey, I’m coming all the way from Boston, so it’s the least you can do. We’ll definitely be heading to a bar or restaurant immediately after and talking/laughing/partying all night. So be there! Click the awesome banner below for more details.

Oh, and don’t forget to take the survey! It’s still open.

Um, oh . . . and also I just noticed I got the title a bit wrong so I edited. It was like 5am when I wrote that.

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Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at and appears on the weekly Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.


  1. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Yeah! Naked faces! Aaaarrrrghhh! Put on a veil or summat! Cos I can't control MY urges! It must be YOUR fault!

    (Sorry– couldnae resist! Hee, hee, hee!)

    YEAH! Skeptic Roadtrip! We could even meet up at the bus station in Philly Chinatown! (If my car isnae good enough for youse.)

  2. Avatar of Stacey

    (That's the photo that got Rebecca accused of being a nudist on myspace)

  3. Avatar of writerdd

    Crap, I'll be in New York the weekend after that! Have fun.

  4. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Oh. I don't frequent MySpace. Maybe I'll go have a look.

  5. Avatar of MWare

    Hey everyone. I'm one of the guys organizing this event and inviting disaster by allowing Rebecca and her evil minions to invade our peaceful little city.

    If anybody has any questions or needs any additional information please don't hesitate to drop me a line ([email protected]). Also, feel free to check our events page ( for more information about this and other events we have coming up. Finally, I will put out a thread on our forum ( in case anybody wants to coordinate travel plans or anything. I'd put it on the skepchick forum, but I've heard rumors that the forum's days may be numbered :)

    Thanks again to Rebecca for agreeing to participate in this year's lecture series and we hope to see you all there!


  6. Avatar of P.E. Robinson

    Bah! You know I would be there usually…but I think I'll be in CT on that day. :-(

    btw…nice TMBG/Cub reference ;-)

  7. Avatar of Rebecca Watson

    CT is even closer to NY than MA! You have no excuses, goodguyseatpie.

    And yes, good eye there, Stacey, that is in fact my nudist picture. HOWEVER, I'll point out that I neither chose the pic nor created the banner. That was all Matt. Perv.

  8. Avatar of Rav Winston

    So, like, is anyone gonna try to arrange a mini-skeptical roadtrip? I don't feel like paying Amtrack and SEPTA $130.00 for a roundtrip ticket.

  9. Avatar of MWare

    "That was all Matt. Perv."

    While I actually wasn't the one who made that graphic, I can't really argue with the Perv characterization. Rebecca, while we don't expect you to give the lecture in the nude, we have no formal policy forbidding it. ;)

  10. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Well, that's ONE way to ensure good attendance….

  11. Avatar of MWare

    Hopefully in the next day or so I'll have a fairly comprehensive set of travel options posted for anybody interested in coming in from out-of-state.

  12. Avatar of Rav Winston

    I'm in Brookhaven. About five minutes from Weidner University. Are you a Philly Kid, too?

  13. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Do you take public transportation from Boston, or do you drive?

    I’m currently unemployed, so it’s dang expensive to get into NYC for me– But if there are any other skeptics in the Delaware Valley who’d like to carpool–? *hint! hint!* I have a comfy Subaru Outback with cargo space that’ll comfortably take five skeptics up the jersey Turnpike!

    I’m pretty sure I can swing this if we can defray the costs amongst ourselves.

  14. Avatar of Joshua

    Skeptic roadtrip! Are there any other Bostonians going other than Rebecca and (probably, I still have to check my schedule) me? Even if we all pack onto a Fung Wah or Greyhound, it’d be sweet to travel in a pack and descend on New York in a swarm of skeptical fury, devouring all pseudoscience in our path.

  15. Avatar of Stacey

    That’s shameless of you to use your nudist photo in the promo banner.

  16. Avatar of Diogenes

    Now I got that Cub song stuck in my head again. Thanks a lot.

  17. Avatar of devolve

    /Bets Sam will be a "guest speaker" just to piss in the punchbowl.

  18. Avatar of TomDG

    NJ suburbs, but pretty much.

  19. Avatar of TomDG

    If anybody else in the area needs a ride up I can fit four people (excluding) in my car.

  20. Avatar of Michael

    Actually, I designed the banner and chose the pic, so the blame lies with me. :-) Given Rebecca’s predilection for the arousing, it was all I could do to resist changing the title of her lecture to something like “Skepchick on Skepchicks.”

  21. Avatar of Melusine

    Hmm…$26 on Metro-North to NYC off-peak on Saturday…friend in NYC to say hello too…could be interesting. :-)

  22. Avatar of Rav Winston

    So, Tom DG– If we go up together, that's two… Do you live near Cinnaminson, or Cherry Hill?

  23. Avatar of Kerry Maxwell

    Another Bostonian interested in the roadtrip idea.

  24. Avatar of Rebecca Watson

    I have access to all the email addresses you guys signed up with. If you post here that you're okay with me sharing it with others in your area, I can send out some messages so people can arrange rides!

  25. Avatar of Rav Winston

    I'm cool with that. So long as we don't have to post our data in public.

  26. Avatar of TomDG

    Rav where do you live? I Live about 15 minutes outside of Philly so The Delaware valley wouldn’t be that far out of the way for me.

  27. Avatar of Blake Stacey

    Since I don’t think I’ll be able to make TAM 6, I should probably try all the harder to attend this event.

  28. Avatar of Jen

    I think I’m booked that weekend, darn the luck. I’m also depressed that TAM 6 will be two weeks after I’m already planning to be in Vegas … maybe I’ll have a windfall of cash between now and then and will be able to afford some extra traveling.

  29. Avatar of Teapot In Orbit

    Hey Gang

    I live in Philly (center city) and I'd be interested in making the trip up with someone. I can throw in for gas money+buy you a drink afterwards. Or at the very least someone to ride SEPTA or the chinatown bus with.

    Feel free to share my info


  30. Avatar of flygrrl

    Aaaargh! I will be in NYC one week later!!! If you’re ever out Chicago way, I’ll do my best to be there though.

  31. Avatar of flygrrl

    Oh, duh, correction. I mean one MONTH later. Still a near miss.

  32. Avatar of Joshua

    Rebecca, I'm ok with that as well.

  33. Avatar of Kerry Maxwell

    If you post here that you’re okay with me sharing it with others in your area, I can send out some messages so people can arrange rides!

    Sounds good.

  34. Avatar of vreify


    I’m near Philadelphia too. I was just planning to hop onto a train to Philly and then take a Chinatown bus.

  35. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Coolness! How many of us Philadelphians are there? Can we all fit into one vehicle? Or should we all descend upon Suburban Station and head to Chinatown?

  36. Avatar of vreify

    *and sorry for double posting, but feel free to share my info as well.
    Teapot, we can probably go together.

  37. Avatar of waltdakind

    Isn’t the thread title from a They Might Be Giants song?

    I’ll be coming from central New Jersey, about midway between NYC and Philadelphia. So, any Philadelphians who can make it to the halfway point can either hop into my car or I hop into theirs… shared expenses are good for the environment and the wallet.. :-)

  38. Avatar of Joshua

    Nah, it’s a Cub song.

    Although evidently TMBG covered it.

  39. Avatar of waltdakind

    Thanks for turning me on to Cub. I like!

    Also, I am willing share my info for purposes of coordinating shared transportation, though it is seeming like the Philadelphians will be using mass transit.

    Skeptics from Jersey, represent!

  40. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Wait– HAVE we actually decided to transit en masse-?

  41. Avatar of TomDG

    I live write in between the two in Moorestown

  42. Avatar of Rav Winston

    I know the area well.

  43. Avatar of TomDG

    Also I have been able to fit about 7 people into my car. Plus I have heard my trunk is quite comfortable if I clear it out.

  44. Avatar of Rav Winston

    Okay– I wouldnae mind joining a caravan. Also, I don't drink much. So if a designated driver is needed, I could be persuaded.

  45. Avatar of TomDG

    I'm okay with sharing too

  46. Avatar of Rav Winston

    So, Rebecca should put us all in touch with one another. We'll have several people from the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. How many cars will we have/need for all of us? Actually– how many of us ARE there down here?

  47. Avatar of exarch

    Now there's something that the skepchick census could've been good for …

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