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Tips on herding cats?

#1  Postby IanRaugh » Mar 03, 2015 8:40 pm

So there is a Skeptics Club at my university and I am trying to get it active and visible. The problem is that, although we have a very active and interested advisor, only a few people are willing to put in the time necessary to even come to the meetings. Also, I am the only member who is not in the engineering department.

Any tips on increasing membership?
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Re: Tips on herding cats?

#2  Postby cavarka9 » Mar 03, 2015 8:50 pm

make it arts and skeptics club and get a few hot girls to join up first and then just invite a couple of nerds and then boom!. New movements depend on popularity of initial recruits! Also timings matter!. People dont just join up to be skeptical, they need to feel good about themselves, so make it also about arts. You never know whats going to work. Just keep tinkering. What is it with people which is keeping them away?. timings?, skeptics are low in number to begin with?. Too much work to do?. Just do a random survey and ask people why?
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#3  Postby IanRaugh » Mar 03, 2015 8:54 pm

cavarka9 wrote:make it arts and skeptics club and get a few hot girls to join up first and then just invite a couple of nerds and then boom!. New movements depend on popularity of initial recruits! Also timings matter!. People dont just join up to be skeptical, they need to feel good about themselves, so make it also about arts. You never know whats going to work. Just keep tinkering. What is it with people which is keeping them away?. timings?, skeptics are low in number to begin with?. Too much work to do?. Just do a random survey and ask people why?


A lot of them just talk about time commitment. They say they are too busy with their studies.

Also, due to how insulated our engineering department is, most people don't even know that the club exists much less what we're about.
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#4  Postby Ironclad » Mar 03, 2015 9:12 pm

Time to slap some fliers up. Maybe you could copy the Sceptics in the Pub model, and book a space in the Uni bar once in a while, plotting the evenings with the less busy Uni schedule. Take charge?
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#5  Postby TopCat » Mar 03, 2015 9:40 pm

IanRaugh wrote:Any tips on increasing membership?

Get some creationists in.

You got engineers? Bill the bible guys as geologists.

It's like here. It wouldn't be half as much fun, or (and I shit you not) as educational, without the Climate Change Denier, the Shroud Apologist, and The Guys That Think Evolution Is A Religion.

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#6  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Mar 03, 2015 11:48 pm

This video may help...

'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man
knows himself to be a fool.'
- As You Like It - William Shakespeare
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#7  Postby cavarka9 » Mar 04, 2015 4:06 pm

IanRaugh wrote:
cavarka9 wrote:make it arts and skeptics club and get a few hot girls to join up first and then just invite a couple of nerds and then boom!. New movements depend on popularity of initial recruits! Also timings matter!. People dont just join up to be skeptical, they need to feel good about themselves, so make it also about arts. You never know whats going to work. Just keep tinkering. What is it with people which is keeping them away?. timings?, skeptics are low in number to begin with?. Too much work to do?. Just do a random survey and ask people why?


A lot of them just talk about time commitment. They say they are too busy with their studies.

Also, due to how insulated our engineering department is, most people don't even know that the club exists much less what we're about.


I guessed so, in my opinion, science students dont have as much time as arts students or humanities dept. Whether they have time or not, they do want independence in how they wish to spend it. so, not going to be easy!
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Re: Tips on herding cats?

#8  Postby Onyx8 » Mar 05, 2015 2:21 am

As always: apply booze.
The problem with fantasies is you can't really insist that everyone else believes in yours, the other problem with fantasies is that most believers of fantasies eventually get around to doing exactly that.
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Re: Tips on herding cats?

#9  Postby surreptitious57 » Mar 05, 2015 2:53 am

No one is joining your club then maybe you could theirs
and so why not check out your local Skeptics In The Pub
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