Dubliner Colm Mulcahy is Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. He is currently on leave and visiting The American University in Washington, DC. He’s blogged for the MAA, Aperiodical, Huffington Post and Scientific American. He recently published the 380-page full-colour book “Mathematical Card Magic” (CRC Press). He was fortunate to know Martin Gardner for the last decade of his life.
I am just in the door from giving a talk to the Humanist Association of Ireland on what is means to be a skeptic and the story of the Dublin Skeptics in the Pub. I had a wonderful time talking to them and I hope I managed to communicate to them what skepticism means to me and what drives me to keep our group going and growing.
For anyone that is interested here is the Prezi of my talk:
I have been lucky enough that I have been asked to give my talk “Confessions of a Former Help Food Shop Worker” in the UK twice this year.
Firstly for the Greater Manchester Skeptics in July, at which I had a great time! They are a great group of people and I just loved the amount of audience interaction. We had a good laugh, mostly at my expense but what else are the Irish good at if not self deprecation. Having been to QED Con twice now (have you bought your 2013 ticket yet?!) it was great to see the Mancunian Skeptics in a less hectic environment.
Once again we are lucky enough to bag ourselves an amazing guest through luck and serendipity.
Richard Wiseman has very kindly offered to give us a talk call “Researching the Impossible” at 9pm, Thursday May 5th in Exchange Dublin.
As always in the Exchange we can bring along our own cake, snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks. Have a look at some of the pictures from the George Hrab gig to see some of delicious treats we enjoyed! Also there is a kettle and mugs, so you can even have a cuppa and enjoy a world-class talk.
We are going to have a chat about how possible it is to apply skepticism to voting in Ireland. Fool’s errand? We will also have heard all the bad news surrounding the budget – let’s face it, we will need a drink.
Our good friends from Occam’s Barbershop will be there, trying to get you to commit your opinions to some form of recording – or so I am led to believe!
This is a very personal stand point, I will put that right up front. So get ready for an opinion piece.
It all started when an episode of Little Atoms went up featuring an interview with Kat Banyard called The Equality Illusion. I did not agree with many, if most, of the views expressed in this interview. So without giving a blow-by-blow account of how I felt about each topic covered I can safely say I had a reaction to its content that was not positive. Mostly what annoyed me was the absence of any debate. Feminism is a band wagon we must all climb abroad. Not just women’s rights, but a brand of feminism that appears to take issue with most facets of modern society. Not only that but takes some issues, such as body image, and makes them purely feminist. A stand point that can be put on shaky ground just by pointing out the existence of anti ageing cosmetics and cosmetic surgeries aimed solely at men.
We are all very excited here to see that our fellow Skeptics in the north of England have gotten together to organise a conference for the growing skeptical community. They have a fabulous line up that is still being added to still, and have just announced that Dr Steven Novella will be speaking (have to admit, I got very excited at that news!). All news can be found here.
I will be in attendance, and I have got my ticket to the Gala dinner – I can always be lured by promises of food. If you are a student there is a discount too.