January, 1999

Jim Giglio
Humble software engineer and
former high school science teacher

Extraordinary claims about so-called repressed memories in a recent psychology academic journal depended upon the accuracy of "recalled" descriptions of a particular World War II aircraft. Jim Giglio, a humble software engineer and former high school science teacher, will recount the process by which his straight- forward skepticism and careful fact checking lead to a peer-reviewed article rebutting those false memories.

Saturday, January 16, 1999, 2:00pm -- 3:30pm
Montgomery County Library - Bethesda Branch
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, Maryland

Everyone Welcome -- Members and Non-members -- No admission charge

Call the NCAS Skeptic Line at 301-587-3827 for further info.


On Tuesday, January 26th, Christopher F. Chyba from the SETI institute and Department of Geological and Environmental Studies, Stanford University will speak on PLANETARY PERSPECTIVES ON LIFE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM. Oceans make Earth an ideal site for life. But worlds such as Jupiter's moon Europa also appear to have oceans sustained beneath a thick layer of ice. Europa may be the best candidate for life elsewhere in our solar system, and worlds like it may be common around other stars. This is part of the CAPITAL SCIENCE LECTURES, Carnegie Institution, 1530 P Street N.W., Washington, DC 20077. All lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Call (202) 328-6988 or email Sherrill Berger at sberger@pst.ciw.edu for details on attending.


January brings out all the psychics and others with their predictions for the future. Here are some we've read about. Make sure you save this calendar until December to see how they did or take what you think is appropriate action before some dire event occurs! [Disclaimer: NCAS makes no warranties on the accuracy of any prediction. Contact your lawyer, financial advisor, psychiatrist, or astrologer before acting on any advice that follows.]

Science Meets Alternative Medicine

From 7pm Friday, February 26, 1999 until 5pm Sunday, February 28, CSICOP is sponsoring a conference on alternative medicine at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphi. Sessions on Science and alternative medicine, Psychology of belief, Scientific critiques of alternative medicine, and legal and ethical issues will be presented. Dr. Marcia Angell will give the keynote address. Costs are $250 per person, $125 per student. For further information contact Barry Karr at CSICOP at 716-636-1425 or skeptinq@aol.com.