Monthly Lectures

Monthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM at the Community College of Philadelphia's Main campus in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Exceptions are noted below.

Parking is available for $4.00 in the college parking garage on 17th St. The garage is open until 6 PM. Note: Free parking in the Bonnell lot across the street is no longer available.
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PhACT thanks Dr. David Cattell and the Philadelphia Community College for providing us with an excellent meeting space.

The general public is more than welcome to attend our lectures. You do not need to be a PhACT member to attend.
For more information, contact Bob Glickman at president@phact.org
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - PhACT Expedition to the Mullica River

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: On site Details
Speaker:
James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Jr in Phantom of the Pines (1998) wrote that in 1928 not far from Batsto "William Bozarth encounters the Jersey Devil along the Mullica River". And in 1936 at Batsto he "sees the Jersey Devil again." Henry Charlton Beck in Jersey Geneses: The Story of the Mullica River (1945) had noted that the obituary for Fire Warden Bozarth stated that he "was the last man known to have seen The Jersey Devil."

Our guide, Don Nigroni, will trace two folkloric traditions concerning the Jersey Devil, namely, the witch tradition, dating back to at least 1859, and the curse tradition, from at least 1887, to the present day. Accompanying the expedition will be Robb Kerr and Jeff Cooney, who will be providing zoological and botanical information about the Pine Barrens, and professional photographer Ned Levi, who will be photo-documenting the day's activities. We will meet at the Visitor Center at Historic Batsto Village (http://www.batstovillage.org/) at 10:00 AM. After walking through the village, where scenes for 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002) were filmed, we will hike the Tom's Pond Trail (1.8 miles) which proceeds over the Mullica River. After lunch, participants can take a self-guided tour of Batsto Village.

Although we may not find any monsters, we will learn about the history of the bog iron era in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Pine Barrens and see pink lady's slippers and carnivorous plants like sundews and pitcher plants. Bring insect repellent, sturdy shoes, lunch, and a camera. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - PhACT Picnic

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Mondauk Common Park, Upper Dublin Details
Speaker:
We always have fun visiting, eating, and playing sports. Bring your own food; you can cook on the grill. And bring stuff to throw. We have reserved the pavilion in the woods on the Southeast corner of Mondauk Common park in Upper Dublin. This is good fun for the whole family. We have negotiated with the park ants and they agree to not show up before 1:00 PM.

We will again have a book swap - it can be a great free way to build up a science/skeptic book collection - or help someone else do so.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: To Be Determined Details
Speaker: Paul Halpern
Professor Paul Halpern will discuss his new book "Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics."
Is there a Grand Unified Theory in your future? Come to this meeting to get some insights on this matter.
Dr. Halpern is the author of many widely acclaimed popular science books, including "Countdown to Apocalypse", "The Quest for Alien Planets", "The Cyclical Serpent", "The Structure of the Universe", "Cosmic Wormholes" and "Time Journeys". He has received accolades and praise from numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Nature, Scientific American, Sky & Telescope and New Scientist. "The Cyclical Serpent" was chosen as one of the best Sci-Tech books of 1995 by Library Journal, and "Cosmic Wormholes" was chosen as a main selection of the Astronomy and Natural Science Book Club. He has appeared on many television and radio shows, including the PBS series "Future Quest" and the National Public Radio show "Radio Times".

A recipient of the Athenaeum Society Literary Award, he has published numerous research articles in the fields of general relativity, cosmology, chaos theory, and complexity. In 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where he studied evolutionary algorithms.


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