Posts Tagged ‘SkepLit Book Group’

SkepLit Book Group: Voodoo Histories

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

SkepLit Book Group

Title: SkepLit Book Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Ever read a book and wondered whether it was good science?
Want to find out if all those bestsellers like The Secret and Quantum Healing have anything in them?
Want to read science, discuss science, and even eat cupcakes?
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-09-25
End Time: 16:00

You’ve seen the author, read the book, now have the discussion!

Earlier this year, David Aaronovitch graced the GMSS stage with an excellent talk on conspiracy theories and the truth behind them. His book, Voodoo Histories, looks at some of the biggest theories of the twentieth century, from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion through the assassination of JFK and 9/11.

This is your chance to read and discuss the book behind the talk. Has he missed any conspiracy theories you’d like to add? What’s your take on his findings? Come along and enjoy tea and cake and voodoo.

SkepLit Book Group meets Girl Geek Tea Party #17

Monday, May 9th, 2011

SkepLit Book Group

Girl Geek Tea Party

Title: SkepLit Book Group meets Girl Geek Tea Party #17
Location: MadLab
Description: For our August tea party at MadLab, we’ll be teaming up with the SkepLit book group! SkepLit is the official book club for Greater Manchester Skeptic Society, which meets twice monthly for a talk and social.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-08-28
End Time: 16:00




















In August, we will be discussing ‘The Age of Spiritual Machines’ by Ray Kurzweil. Published thirteen years ago, the book contains Kurzweil’s predictions about the possibilities presented by a future full of computers. It includes a list of predictions for 10, 20 and 30 years into the future.

Since the first year of predictions has passed (2009), this is a chance to discuss how accurate they turned out to be, and what we think of the chances of his other ideas coming true might be. Hey, we might even start making our own predictions.
This is a great opportunity to discuss the effect of the computer and internet on our lives, how futurologists make their predictions and how accurate they turn out to be.
Join us for tea, cake and skeptical geekery!

Facebook page for the event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158333644235131

SkepLit Book Group: The Great Atheist Picnic

Monday, May 9th, 2011

SkepLit Book Group

Title: SkepLit Book Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Ever read a book and wondered whether it was good science?
Want to find out if all those bestsellers like The Secret and Quantum Healing have anything in them?
Want to read science, discuss science, and even eat cupcakes?
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-06-26
End Time: 16:00

Got a God Delusion?

At this month’s SkepLit, we’re holding a Great Atheist Picnic. We’ll be discussing New Atheism, and the variety of books that have come out since the publication of Sam Harris’s The End of Faith back in 2004.

There are no set texts for this month’s group, but it would be helpful to read one or more of the following: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins; God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens; The New Atheism/God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger; Freedom Evolves/Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel C Dennett; The End of Faith/Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris; The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan (this latter is not technically part of the New Atheist canon but is an excellent read anyway).

We’ll be discussing what we think of these books, whether they accurately represent the views of common or garden atheists (people who haven’t had New York Times bestsellers published on their views!), do we agree with the way we as rational thinkers are being represented in these books and the media, and where we see this new trend in atheism heading in the future.

Everybody is welcome! If you’re of a more religious mindset it’s an opportunity to ask questions, and if you’re an atheist, it’s a chance to meet like-minded individuals in a friendly setting with tea and skepticakes. Please bring sandwiches and other picnic foods to make an afternoon of it. Donations are welcome to help support Madlab’s continued work in the community.

SkepLit Book Group: The Secret That Isn’t

Monday, May 9th, 2011

SkepLit Book Group

Title: SkepLit Book Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Ever read a book and wondered whether it was good science?
Want to find out if all those bestsellers like The Secret and Quantum Healing have anything in them?
Want to read science, discuss science, and even eat cupcakes?
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-07-31
End Time: 16:00

This July we’re looking at the phenomenon of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

It’s been a book, a DVD, a forum and made it to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list in 2006. This is the book that launched a thousand personal development careers…

But is there really a “secret”?

Exemplifying the current trend in personal development and alternative medicine toward using “quantum” for just about anything, The Secret contributors claimed that science lay behind their key for getting rich, happy and successful… apparently by just wishing it could be that way.

At this SkepLit meet we’ll be looking at the book, the DVD and finding out if there is anything to “The Secret”, the effect it has had and could have on audiences, and the impact these kind of books have on the public.

We’ll be meeting at Madlab, the community centre that needs your support to keep providing a venue with free wifi access, so we’d be grateful for a small donation to help the running of the facility. There will be tea and coffee, and you’re welcome to bring snacks to fuel the debate. This is guaranteed to be a challenging one!

If you’d like to borrow a copy, there is one doing the rounds. Please organise exchanges on the wall below.

This will also be the next chance for you to select books for the September to December meets. Bring a book to advocate or select one of the topics already suggested.

SkepLit Book Group

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

SkepLit Book Group

Title: SkepLit Book Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Ever read a book and wondered whether it was good science?
Want to find out if all those bestsellers like The Secret and Quantum Healing have anything in them?
Want to read science, discuss science, and even eat cupcakes?
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-05-29
End Time: 16:00

Details: After a lively first meeting, SkepLit is back. This month we are discussing Margaret MacMillan’s The Uses and Abuses of History. If you want to come along, read the book and bring opinions.

SkepLit is the official book club for Greater Manchester Skeptic Society, which meets twice monthly for a talk and social on the second and fourth Thursdays. At SkepLit we discuss, debate and challenge our favourite books and subjects. For more details on upcoming books, click on http://skeplitbooks.wordpress.com