Skepchicks in the Park

This month I want to try something new with all of you. I want to get together with you and do it in a museum, in a lecture hall and then in Grant Park. Yeah, with you, and you, too… and you… yes, all of you sexy mofos, in broad daylight.  And no, my husband’s not coming.

Oh, I’m sorry, did that sound dirty?  I was talking about … a meet-up.  I want to have a meet-up at the Field Museum then get sauced and play frisbee (or volleyball or tag or croquet or quarters or dice … ) in Grant Park.

There’s going to be a kick-ass lecture being given by Dr. Ian Tattersal, curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, at the Field Museum on Saturday, September 20.

Language and Signs as Indicators of Evolution
Join Dr. Ian Tattersall as he challenges the role of natural selection in the development of the human symbolic mind. Hear about the recent innovations in the fields of biology and culture that have led him to his conclusions and learn how this impacts the future of human evolution. This program is developed in collaboration with the Leakey Foundation.

September 20, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.
Pre-Registration Required

The lecture will be at the Montgomery Ward Lecture Hall.  Call 312-665-7400 to make your reservations.

Afterward, I was thinking we could wander the museum for a while, learn some shit then go to the park and have a skeptical picnic party.  We can talk about the things we learned at the museum and drink and eat and spread skepticism throughout the Loop!

Who’s with me?

(If you’re looking for something to print and hand out to all your friends to get them to come, check out this spiffy post card.)


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. I probably would, but I will be in going through O’Hare on my way to Istanbul with a copy of “The Portable Atheist” at the time. I wonder if reading it at any outdoor cafe’s will get notice. :-)

  2. Wish I could go, but I gots no money so taking a trip to Chicago is out of the question, at least for now.

  3. Barring an act of god, I’ll be there.

    (Go ahead god, I dare you! Ha, ha! I mock you and I win!)

    Elyse, I would suggest you post some planned landmark of a meeting place (like the big ass dinosaur in the lobby?) or wear a big red cowboy hat so that people who have never met you can find each other after the lecture. Maybe both. If we play our cards right maybe that’ll be your calendar picture for next year. (Now I’m daring YOU!) :

  4. It must be nice to not live on the west coast and actually be able to participate in skeptic meetups :(

  5. Hmm… I *so* want to be there, and I think it’s reasonably possible. I’m way out the NW suburbs, but I’ll certainly try to make it.

    Gerg, I don’t have a big red cowboy hat, but that sounds sexy… and no, my wife’s not coming.

    Oh, I’m sorry, did that sound dirty?

  6. @msd:

    Way out in the NW suburbs?

    Come on! For most meet-ups I drive from Oswego (where Christ lost his mofo sandals) TO the NW suburbs to drop off the baby in Arlington Heights only then to make my way to the city.

    Surely a trip from the NW burbs, sans trek from BFE, is feasible?


    I am unwilling to wear a red cowboy hat for the sake of a meet-up. I am willing to wear a red cowboy hat while topless for the Skepchick calendar, though. You do realize that would force you to look at my cowboy hat picture at EVERY meet-up though…

    You do have a point, though. While I could tell people to find the guy in Gerg’s gravatar, I’m afraid someone will miss us if you need to say something and/or swallow. Let me think about meeting spaces and clothes.

  7. DAMN!! i’ll be in the outer banks that day, and whole of the next week. why do you always schedule these things when i can’t go?

    oh, wait a second, you did schedule that one thing when i was in town, but i was visiting the sister-in-law and wasn’t allowed to go. that doesn’t sound too good does it? but give me a break i’d only been married for three months at the time. give me till next summer and i’m all yours next time i’m in town. promise.

  8. @Gerg:

    And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Theone and only Jehovah! Yah! YHVH! The Big Cheese Himself will now attempt a feat of such death defying horror that you won’t believe it possible!

    Hold on to your hats, folks; Cos ol’ HaShem will attempt to juggle not three– not four– but five running McCullough gasoline-powered chainsaws!!!

    Hang on to your boyfriends, girls! This act is not for the faint of heart!

    And now– ON WITH THE SHOW!!!

    (Later on tonight’s card, Dita Von Tease strips to the pulsating surges of the Large Hadron Collider! Thrill as she is reduced to her tassels and merkin as startegically aimed anti-protons tastefully disintegrate her costume! –Let’s see the Almight beat that, eh boys?)

  9. Ian Tattersall is the awesome! I have his giant book o’ Neanderthals on my shelf. Will someone pass on my squealing fangirl love?

  10. @Elyse: Do you really think that we skepdudes will be looking at the HAT in your topless picure? …OK, statistically 10% of us will, but please be realistic. @msd was getting a little dirty, but all this talk of Large Colliders, not being able to say anything, or maybe having to swallow is getting a little too much for my innocent brain.


  11. “I want to get together with you and do it in a museum, in a lecture hall and then in Grant Park. Yeah, with you, and you, too… and you… yes, all of you sexy mofos, in broad daylight. And no, my husband’s not coming.”

    I can see it now…

    “Oh my~! Your bosons are giving me a hadron! “

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