All meetings are currently on Zoom

At this time, all PhACT meetings will be online, using the Zoom web conferencing platform. Registration is required to attend the meetings. See the links in the meeting descriptions below.

Monthly Lectures

Monthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM.

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
NOTE: Our Zoom meetings are also live-streamed on YouTube. Follow this link to the live YouTube stream.
(This is only active during a meeting.)
Unfortunately, the YouTube stream is view-only. You will not be able to ask questions of the speaker.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, March 16, 2024 - Explorations into the Age of Fishes and the Origin of Limbed Vertebrates

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Online, using Zoom Details
Speaker: Ted Daeschler
This presentation describes three decades of paleontological exploration and research on Late Devonian (385-365 million years ago) fossils from Pennsylvania, the high Canadian Arctic and Antarctica. Ted Daeschler and his colleagues have discovered a wide diversity of fossil material in north-central Pennsylvania including the earliest known limbed vertebrates in North America. Those discoveries are placed in the context of the evolution of early terrestrial ecosystems to better understand the ecological settings of the evolutionary changes. Daeschler and his colleagues have also organized and carried-out an ambitious paleontological project to search for Devonian-age fossils high above the Arctic Circle in the Nunavut Territory of Arctic Canada. Among the discoveries there is Tiktaalik roseae, an animal that is widely recognized as the best evolutionary intermediate between finned and limbed vertebrates. Two challenging field seasons in Antarctica provided the team with a glimpse of the biotic changes within the southern continents during the Late Devonian. This presentation will incorporate the methods of fossil discovery and the science behind this research program in vertebrate paleontology.

Registration is required. Here is the link to register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcO-rpzkiH9UOZeyFWwjooZHkkzoqk5Qj
Ted Daeschler recently retired from the Academy of Natural Sciences after 36 years of collection building, research and teaching. Ted studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a Masters in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He got his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - What's the Harm of Psychics?

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Online, using Zoom Details
Speaker: Rob Palmer
This presentation describes three decades of paleontological exploration and research on Late Devonian (385-365 million years ago) fossils from Pennsylvania, the high Canadian Arctic and Antarctica. Ted Daeschler and his colleagues have discovered a wide diversity of fossil material in north-central Pennsylvania including the earliest known limbed vertebrates in North America. Those discoveries are placed in the context of the evolution of early terrestrial ecosystems to better understand the ecological settings of the evolutionary changes. Daeschler and his colleagues have also organized and carried-out an ambitious paleontological project to search for Devonian-age fossils high above the Arctic Circle in the Nunavut Territory of Arctic Canada. Among the discoveries there is Tiktaalik roseae, an animal that is widely recognized as the best evolutionary intermediate between finned and limbed vertebrates. Two challenging field seasons in Antarctica provided the team with a glimpse of the biotic changes within the southern continents during the Late Devonian. This presentation will incorporate the methods of fossil discovery and the science behind this research program in vertebrate paleontology.

Registration is required. Here is the link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrd-Gurj8tHdIdufby5qQRyoFcqAr5FKEb
ROB PALMER is a retired aerospace engineer turned skeptical activist. He is the author of over 90 articles published by Skeptical Inquirer (“The Magazine for Science and Reason”) as well as by other skeptical and humanist media. He writes about contemporary skeptical and humanist issues and has interviewed individuals as diverse as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller, John de Lancie, Seth Andrews, and even Mr. Deity himself. Rob has given presentations for various skeptic and humanist groups and conventions, including four times at CSICon (the annual science and skepticism conference in Las Vegas). He has been interviewed about his work on various podcasts and YouTube shows, including The Skeptic Zone, Big Picture Science, Point of Inquiry, The Thinking Atheist, and by RecoveringfromReligion.org, for which he volunteers.


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