Truth Uncorked: Dinner & Wine with Natalie Angier

Thursday, December 11th 2008 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 11th 2008 at 9:30 pm
Gascogne, 158 8th Avenue (at 18th St.)

Join the Center for Inquiry on Thursday, December 11 for a special Truth Uncorked wine and dinner event honoring the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science journalist Natalie Angier.   At this intimate dinner, Ms. Angier will be presented with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's third annual Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for her book The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science , published in 2007 by Houghton Mifflin.

Natalie Angier studied physics and English at Barnard College, where she graduated with high honors in 1978. From 1980 to 1984, Angier wrote about biology for Discover Magazine . She also worked as a science writer for Time Magazine . Among her other books are Natural Obsessions , The Beauty of the Beastly , and Woman: An Intimate Geography .  Her most recent book, The Canon, finds Angier charting a synoptic and exciting course through the sciences, from physics, to chemistry, to biology, to geology, to astronomy. She calls her book an attempt to unleash "the kinetic beauty of science to wow as it will." Palpable throughout is Angier's intelligence, wit, and passionate commitment to the scientific worldview. Angier's tour de force first chapter should be of particular interest to readers of Skeptical Inquirer as she takes the time to explore in a thoughtful manner what it means to think scientifically and the benefits of extending the scientific ethos to all areas of human life. 

The Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking is an award given to the author of the published work that best exemplifies healthy skepticism, logical analysis, or empirical science. Each year, CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry selects the paper, article, book, or other publication that, in its judgment, has the greatest potential to create positive reader awareness of currently important scientific concerns.  The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the publisher of the Skeptical Inquirer , established the criteria for the prize, including use of the most parsimonious theory to fit data or to explain apparently preternatural phenomena.  This prize has been established through the generosity of Robert P. Balles, an associate member of CSI, and the Robert P. Balles Endowed Memorial Fund, a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of CSI.

Thursday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Gascogne ( )

158 8th Avenue (at 18th Street)

SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP REQUIRED. $95 admission includes dinner and wine.  For reservations or more information, contact nyc [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net, or call (212) 504-2935.