At the Tuesday, July 2 meeting of REALL, elections will be held for all officers and board members. Following elections, The REALL News editor, Bob Ladendorf, will report on the First World Skeptics Congress sponsored by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) from June 20-23 at the State University of New York at Buffalo Amherst Campus and the organization's Center for Inquiry. CSICOP's 20th anniversary is this year.
The theme of the Congress is "Science in the Age of (Mis-)Information." The Conference Address will be given by Leon Lederman, Emeritus Director of Fermilab and Nobel Laureate in Physics, and the Keynote Address by Stephen Jay Gould, PhD, of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, who has written a number of books on natural science and writes a regular column for Natural History.
There will be panel discussions and concurrent sessions on subjects ranging from the role of mass media in "misinforming" the public to homeopathy. Other panel and session leaders and luncheon speakers include: Phil Klass, aviation magazine editor and UFO debunker; James Randi, author and conjuror; Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education; Steve Allen, entertainer; John Paulos, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper; Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files; and many others.
The July meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Library, Springfield. The public is invited.