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Date: 24 October 2006 Location: Port Elizabeth St. George’s Club, Bird Street
Present: M. Heiligers, R. Bosch, R Sumner, C. Vanderlinden, N. Allen, R. Wakefield, G. Saunders, W. Thompson, A. Steyn
Apologies: A. Comley, E. Marais
MINUTES OF MEETING
All decisions were taken by a vote of a show of hands
The name was changed from the Port Elizabeth Skeptical Society to the Neo-Socratic Society to better reflect the society’s aim of questioning
The society aims to:
- Increase public awareness of current scientific research
- Increase public awareness of evidence related to pseudo-science claims, fringe-science claims and claims of the paranormal
- Provide a platform for intellectual stimulus.
The society hopes to achieves its aims through a program of:
- Letters and articles in local newspapers and radio
- Presentations to schools, educational institutions and local radio shows
- Promotion of the scientific method
- Public debates
- Monthly talks
- Creating a secular library
- Published scientific articles
The society will meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of every month at 19:00 at the Maritime Club (corner of Cuyler Street and Annerley Terrace)
The society will operate on an open-ended structure. The format of every meeting will be:
- Review of last month's minutes/program
- Round-table discussion of local news items and events
- Round-table discussion of individual Neo-Socratic programs
- 20-30 Minute presentation on a specific subject
- Proposal of next meeting’s subject and agenda
Each member will also have the opportunity to present a project. These projects, should they require funds, will be funded entirely on an elective basis by the members of the club. No formal requirement for dues is, at present, called for.