Minnesota Skeptics presents Drinking Skeptically: RSVP at meetup.com and come down to Be’wiched Deli (800 Washington Ave N) tonight at 5pm for casual conversation and excellent food and drink. We’ve got an entire “wing” of the deli for us, and this meetup usually draws about 20-30 people. Let’s talk about whatever skeptical topics might be on your mind. In the past we’ve discussed astrology, psychics, homeopathy, chiropractors, ghost hunters, aliens, conspiracy theory, creationists, snake oil salesmen, magic, critical thinking, science, and the psychologies of belief and perception.
Show up early because at around 6:45-7pm some of us will be slipping out to run over to the University of Minnesota for this year’s Karlis Kaufmanis lecture: Mike Brown will present his talk How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. From the event flier:
The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.
A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” is for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?
Mike Brown’s talk starts at 7:30pm and will be held in the Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150 (116 Church St. SE)
I hope to see you tonight if you’re in the area!
I found this image over at Technabob and almost spit coffee on my keyboard.