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Dr. Daeschler to Present “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

Dr. Daeschler to Present

“Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

PENNSYLVANIA — The Freethought Society is pleased to host Dr. Ted Daeschler as a speaker at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr AvenueBryn Mawr) on WednesdayMay 23, 2018. This event is free and open-to-the-public. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Daeschler’s presentation “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition,” will highlight the Devonian Period (420-360 million-years-ago). Fossils bear witnessed of profound diversification of the form and function of aquatic vertebrates, including the origin of limbed forms. Previous discoveries from fossil sites in the northern hemisphere motivated questions about biotic evolution within the southern landmasses from the same timeframe.

Working out of McMurdo Station, Dr. Daeschler’s team spent three weeks at two sites in the Transantarctic Mountains of Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. These areas have had little paleontological exploration and this fieldwork revealed productive Middle Devonian sites with a wide variety of fossil vertebrates from ancient freshwater ecosystems. A powerful slide show will take you into the camp and the surrounding areas.

About Dr. Ted Daeschler:

Dr. Daeschler is curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University. He has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1987. His research interests center on Late Devonian-age fossils and the origin of limbed vertebrates. Daeschler’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences focus on research, teaching, collections curation, and public programs within the museum. Since 2011, Dr. Daeschler has had a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel.

For more information, contact:

Margaret Downey
Freethought Society President 
Phone: 610.793.2737
Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org           

Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern on 3/22/18 at 7pm

Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the large community room of the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania), FS will host acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern. He is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences and is the author of fifteen popular science books.

Halpern’s latest book, The Quantum Labyrinth, investigates how physicists Richard Feynman and John Wheeler, despite strong personality differences, established a lifelong bond that stimulated each of them to explore the fundamental ingredients of nature and revolutionize the nature of time and reality. His March 22ndspeech is based on this book. 

Halpern is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. He is a regular contributor to NOVA’s The Nature of Reality physics blog. Halpern has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Future Quest and The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special.

More information about Halpern, his books and other writings can be found at

http://phalpern.com

2017 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference

The Freethought Society is helping to kick off the 2017 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference with its world-famous Friday-the-Thirteenth Anti-Superstition Bash, also known as The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center. Please join us on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Philadelphia Embassy Suites (9000 Bartram Ave), as we put willing participants through an anti-superstition obstacle course, dance to superstition-themed music, create an individual unique silhouette souvenir (at a non-superstituous cost of $13), play anti-superstition games, drink Love Potion #9 (also non-superstitiously priced at $13), enjoy our entertainers, walk-through the Museum of Superstitions and socialize with like-minded folks.  Tickets may be purchased for the Friday night Friggatriskaidekaphobia Party only, day passes for Saturday and/or Sunday, or a full Standard or VIP Weekend Pass to enjoy the entire slate of activities and presentations. There are many fantastic speakers on Saturday (October 14) and Sunday (October 15), including internationally known theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.

What:  The Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference

Who:  A Full Slate of Fantastic Speakers

When:  October 13 – 15, 2017

Where:  Philadelphia Embassy Suites at 9000 Bartram Avenue (held annually in various locations in Pennsylvania, this year in Philadelphia)

Lawrence Krauss - The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM, The Freethought Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Humanist Society will host Lawrence Krauss as an honored speaker. He will discuss his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far, which is scheduled for release just a few days before his appearance. 

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Lawrence Krauss March 2017

Lawrence Krauss – March 20, 2017 at 7:00PM 

On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM, The Freethought Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Humanist Society will host Lawrence Krauss as an honored speaker. He will discuss his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far, which is scheduled for release just a few days before his appearance. In this book, Krauss connects the world we know with the invisible world all around us. Krauss explains our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled, the Standard Model of Particle Physics  and then to understand its implications for our existence.          Continue reading: Lawrence Krauss on March 20, 2017