Posted by mattusmaximus on August 13, 2012
Sometimes those of us who call ourselves skeptics or science-nerds are pigeon-holed in the sense that we are thought of as non-artistic or appreciative of the arts. Not so, I say! There are a number of ways in which skepticism and science are expressed artistically, and I can think of no better way to illustrate that fact than by referring you to my skeptical colleague, Amy Davis Roth a.k.a. “Surly Amy”.
Amy is the brains behind Surly-Ramics, a small company which fuses science, skepticism, art, and fashion all into a neat and innovative package. She makes and sells science and skeptically-oriented jewelry in the form of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and cufflinks. Her work is of very high quality as well as reasonably priced, and I am proud to say that I’ve purchased a number of pieces for both myself and my wife over the years. Check it out:
If you have a science or skeptic nerd among your circle of family or friends (or if you happen to be one yourself), Amy’s work makes the perfect gift! 🙂
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Posted by mattusmaximus on February 19, 2010
Brought to you in part by
The very first ever Skepchicamp! It’s Skepticamp, but Skepchickier!
Complete with real live Skepchicks!
Skepchicamp is an informal convention with the goal of promoting skeptical thinking in the Chicago area.
Unlike formal conventions, everyone who attends Skepchicamp is expected to participate in some way – giving a speech, serving food, helping to set up a room, or donating money.
The goal is to create a laid-back event driven by the participants.
Skeptics believe that everything should be examined with scientific rigor, and generally choose to suspend belief (or agree to append beliefs) based on the availability of adequate evidence. Many skeptics do not believe in the supernatural simply have not seen enough credible evidence to convince us that they exist. They are not curmudgeons who dislike ghost stories. There are, however, there are many things that skeptics do believe in. Like love, the power of beauty, art, friendship, humor, and sports because we know these things to be true. Nothing falsifiable is exempt from scrutiny.
The organizers invite you to attend the first event on March 6, where you can both learn and teach others about skepticism.
“In the end, the Skepchicamp in which you partake
is equal to the Skepchicamp you make.”
If you’d like to attend but still have not made a contribution, please contact Elyse to find out where we still need help.
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