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Boston Skeptics in the Pub, Tonight!

Here’s your last reminder to come join the fun at the Asgard in Central Square tonight at 7pm! We’ve got Mike the Mad Biologist talking about how to defend evolution, and by the looks of it, we’ll all be very entertained.

All the necessary info is at BostonSkeptics.com. Plus, I’ve just been informed that there’s parking available for $3 at the Meridian Hotel, with validation. (Thanks, Dave!)

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. 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+.

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  1. Just out of curiosity, are there any other SG-1 geeks who read that and thought, “The Asgard? Really? COOL!” They have that whole transporter beam thing down pretty good, and that would certainly solve the travel issues for a lot of us.

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for Portlandish get-togethers … I was planning to just be a lurker here, not even post, and certainly not come to anything real, but you can see how well THAT went. :D

  2. SG-1 is marvelous … Richard Dean Anderson has improved SO much from his MacGyver days. ;) The Asgard are a superior race who swoop in from time to time to give the humans advice (and occasionally some kickass technology). It allows for a few deus ex machina moments without having to ever imply a higher power in the universe.

    Come to think of it, that’s a recurring theme in the show … anything that appears to be supernatural is explainable by scientific means. The main story arc of the last two seasons really was getting into that in a fascinating way, and I was very sorry the show was cancelled. The first nine seasons’ worth of baddies were aliens with superior technology who had lived here and passed themselves off as what became the Egyptian pantheon, so the series started right off with the “gods aren’t divine” concept.

    The last two seasons introduced liturgical bad dudes who seemed to embody the worst elements of Puritanism and Crusade-era Catholicism, with some magical powers mixed in. I was really enjoying watching the writers reveal the scientific (well, sci-fi) explanation behind the magic while dealing with the all-too-familiar effects of top-down religious control on the uneducated cultures they came across on their travels.

    LOL … OK, maybe my longstanding interest in SG-1 and my new skeptic leanings might not be the best combination if brevity is the goal. ;)

  3. Unfortunately I can’t attend. I think my reason is good though. I live in Glasgow, Scotland and although the fact that you would be there Rebecca, is a big incentive, it didn’t make me get on the plane.

    Hope you all enjoy yourselves.

  4. My flight to Boston was cancelled, so I’m going to miss another skeptics in the tub meeting.

    But will you guys drink a toast in my general direction and then throw something gross and sticky on the floor in my honor?

  5. Sam Ogden asked:

    But will you guys drink a toast in my general direction and then throw something gross and sticky on the floor in my honor?

    The good news is that just about everyone bought a drink; I’m sure at least one must have been for you. The bad news is that Michael Egnor never showed up, so there was nothing gross and sticky to throw to the ground.

  6. The bad news is that Michael Egnor never showed up, so there was nothing gross and sticky to throw to the ground.

    Well, it’s enough to know that you were at least thinking about throwing something gross and sticky.

    I appreciate it.

  7. Well, it’s enough to know that you were at least thinking about throwing something gross and sticky.

    I just want to know what happened at some previous Skepchick gathering that would make throwing something gross and sticky on the floor an appropriate reference to Sam Ogden!! :o

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