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, February 20, 2016 - The Scars of Human Evolution

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room W2-47 Details
Speaker: Alan Mann
Evolution results in function, not perfection. A good example is the evolution of human upright posture. We have evolved from four-legged ancestors with the ability to move using only our legs, leaving our front limbs free to carry and use objects. But our bipedality has also resulted in numerous problems associated with this evolutionary development, including lower back problems and difficulty in giving birth.
Dr. Alan Mann is a physical anthropologist whose interests include paleoanthropology and human evolution. He is the author of "Some Paleodemographic Aspects of the South African Australopithecines" and is the co-author (with Mark L. Weiss) of "Human Biology and Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective". Professor Mann is also affiliated with Evolution at Princeton. Professor Mann teaches courses on human adaptation and evolution and a summer field course on modern human origins in France.
Dr. Mann is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology - Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology - University of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Stanislaw Burzynski

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room W2-47 Details
Speaker: Bob Blaskiewicz
For 40 years, Houston internist Stanislaw Burzynski has treated the most intractable cancers, including pediatric brain cancers that are almost universally fatal. In 2011, he came to the attention of skeptics because of a threat against a skeptical blogger by one of Burzynski's supporters. Skeptics started digging in and made some horrific discoveries.
Bob Blaskiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking at Stockton University. He received his Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University in 2008, where he wrote his dissertation on the fiction and memoirs of WWII combat veterans. He has been a Britain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He currently researches and writes about extraordinary claims, with a special interest in conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, and the paranormal. He's published about James Jones in War and Literature, contributed an essay about the "Big Pharma Conspiracy Theory" to the journal Medical Writing, and even showed up in an episode of Ancient Aliens. He's written for Skeptical Inquirer and regularly contributes to the podcast Skepticality. He can been seen weekly on the live Google webshow The Virtual Skeptics, which is like Meet the Press, but with cupacabras (8PM Wednesdays at virtualskeptics.com).

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Global Warming

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Tom Delworth

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - PhACT Expedition to Haycock Mountain

Time: 10:00 PM
Location: On site Details
Speaker:
In the 19th and early 20th centuries there were countless peculiar articles about American wild men, reportedly hairy, man-like beings, in newspapers across the country. It was once believed that civilized people who went into the wilderness to live might revert to an animalistic state and grow a coat of fur all over their bodies. And, in the early 20th century, one of these feral men was thought to be haunting 980 foot high Haycock Mountain in Upper Bucks County.
Our guide, Don Nigroni, will relate the legend of the Wild Man of Haycock Mountain. Robb Kerr and Jeff Cooney will be providing zoological and botanical information about this Piedmont site, which overlooks scenic 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, and professional photographer Ned Levi will be photo-documenting the day's activities. We will meet at the Nockamixon State Park boat rental concession (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/nockamixon/) at 10:00 AM. Then we will caravan to nearby Haycock Mountain where one search party will ascend the hill, a steep and difficult climb requiring some bouldering, while a second search party will proceed along an old logging road at its base, a flat and easy walk. After a noon lunch at the picnic tables by the boat rental concession, participants can take a short drive caravanning past the nearby mysterious Rosicrucian pyramids, stop at the historic Levi Sheard Mill, a grist mill dating back to at least 1798, and drive over the 130 foot long picturesque Sheard's Mill Covered Bridge (1873). Also, the Nockamixon State Park boat rental concession (http://www.nockamixonboatrental.com/) provides kayaks and pontoon boats with a five person capacity for those interested in boating on the lake.
Although we may not find the Wild Man of Haycock Mountain, we will learn about his legend and inspect his wild habitat. Bring insect repellent, sturdy shoes, lunch, and a camera. The event is free and open to the public. Feel free to join us for any or all of these activities.


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