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
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Debunk It!

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: John Grant
John Grant, author of a string of books about pseudoscience and the falsehoods purveyed at the fringes of science, returns to PhACT to report on the subject of his latest investigation: the attempts to apply science to the supernatural. He'll be focusing on such exciting topics as the physics of the soul:

  • Does the soul have weight?

  • Can it be photographed?

  • Can the trail of migrant souls leave traces in a bubble chamber?

  • Can the soul be improved by appropriately woven underwear?

And, since he's addicted to puns, he'll be looking also at the deductive trail that led psychic researchers to the conclusion that S.G. Soal -- the British equivalent of J.B. Rhine -- fudged his results. En route he'll glance at the secrets of some of the most "successful" psychic detectives, the eagerness of eminent elderly male Victorian scientists to accept the veracity of pretty young female spirit mediums, the gullibility of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the wonderfully refreshing skepticism of Harry Houdini, and more.
John Grant is author of seventy books, twenty five of which are fiction, the remainder being diverse topics, many that would appeal to science minded skeptics. For more information about John Grant view:

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - The Ecosystem Within You, How is it Affecting You?

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Robert Baldassano, MD
Did you know your body has over ten times as many bacterial cells as your own cells? One of the hottest areas of human biology is new revelations on how this previously ignored complex symbiotic relationship really works. New research shows the ecosystem within you can have a big affect on auto-immune diseases, weight problems and even your emotional state. Our speaker recently got a large grant to set up a research group to study the DNA of the bacteria that live in your intestinal tract. Come learn about what the new local research on this can mean for all of us.
Robert N. Baldassano is currently the Colman Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Director of the Microbiome Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Director of the Microbiome Center at CHOP.
He has been instrumental in developing an international consortium for the study of the gene responsible for causing pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He has chaired multiple national and international programs including the Pediatric Affairs Committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), the Pediatric Abstract Review Committee Pediatric for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Committee for the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), and the IBD Consortium. He has been a member of the IBD Classification Committee, IBD Guidelines Committee, Pediatric Affairs Committee (Patient Education, Clinical Trials), and the Pediatric Challenges in IBD Research Committee (Steering Committee, Genetics Focus Group, Clinical Trials Focus Group, Quality Improvement/Adverse Event Tracking Focus Group) for NASPGHAN and CCFA. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the CCFA at both the local and national levels. He also participates as the Co-Chair for the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF) IBD
Dr. Baldassano is on the editorial advisory board for five journals. He has published more than 150 papers on pediatric IBD and is editor of 2 pediatric IBD textbooks.

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Discovering the Creature on Darwin Bumper Stickers

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: To Be Determined Details
Speaker: Ted Daeschler
Ted Daeschler will speak on his discovering what creationists said would never be found: a fish to lizard transition species (as seen on many of our Darwin bumper stickers).
Ted Daeschler is an American vertebrate paleontologist and Vice President for Collections and Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University.
His current research program in vertebrate paleontology focuses on the vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period (385-363 million-years-ago) in eastern North America. The research involves active fossil collecting, systematic work focusing on freshwater vertebrates, and the nature of early non-marine ecosystems. Fieldwork is ongoing since 1993 in Pennsylvania and since 1999 on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. Fossil discoveries from the incompletely-known Late Devonian interval help us to answer questions about the diversification of major groups of fishes, the origin of limbed vertebrates, and the invasion of land by plants and animals.

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