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David Falk: Astrology vs. Astronomy \\ CFI Feed Your Brain Lecture Series

  • Jan 19, 2014 · 11:00 AM

Many of our members have interests in metaphysics, so I thought I'd post this for those who might be interested in hearing David Falk's lecture on the development of astrology from astronomy:

Both astrology and astronomy originated almost 2,000 years ago. So what's the difference between them? Can either predict our futures? Which is capable of revealing secrets about how stars work and what happens when they die?

In his talk, David Falk, an Instructor of Astronomy and Planetarium Director at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), will discuss how astrology and astronomy work and examine the underpinnings of both. He also will review how astrology represents the sky and from where "Sun signs" come.

David Falk has been a full-time faculty member of LAVC for 17 years and has served as Department Chair of the Earth Science Department. He teaches Basic and Observational Astronomy using the LAVC Planetarium and Observatory. He previously taught at three other colleges in the Los Angeles area and has more than 35 years experience with telescopes and planetariums. Since 1987, Falk has been the faculty sponsor of the LA Valley College Astronomy Group, a community-based volunteer club that sponsors public lectures and planetarium shows at the college.

Lecture: 11:00am ~12:00pm
Q & A: 12:00 ~12:30pm

About CFI-LA:  The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. See for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.

Admission Fees:
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Friends of the Center for Inquiry:
Public: $8
Students: $4

Located in the theater on the first floor (150 maximum capacity).  I'll be holding a "B&C" sign toward the back to the left side for those who wish to sit together.

Free parking in their lot at the corner of Hollywood and Berendo, in back of the building (aka The Steve Allen Theatre).  If the lot fills up, there is also metered street parking.

The entrance is on the west side patio area, first floor.

CFI-LA Refreshment Stand and Bookstore:
CFI has a wonderful bookstore, so come early if you wish you see all their great books and fun stuff they have available for purchase.
They also offer coffee, tea and cookies for purchase... yummy!

Optional lunch following the lecture:
As is the CFI-LA's tradition, optional lunch following the lecture is located one block away at
 thisThai restaurant which has an affordable extensive menu.  I'll be holding up a "B&C" sign at the small tables next to the bookstore after the lecture so we can all walk over together to socialize and discuss the lecture.  I had a great time at the last luncheon with such interesting people and great conversations!

Bamboo House
4852 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9002

To view their menu:

I'm looking forward to this lecture and lunch together.  Come join us, and be sure to introduce yourself to me... I'd love to meet you all.  See you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks! I'm not aware of David Falk's stance on astrology, but given that many of CFI's members are proud skeptics, please be prepared for a lecture that may not be very pro astrology. But I'd like to attend to hear about the basics from the astronomy point of view. See you there! :D

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Kat

      Anyways, V look forward to actually meeting you.

      January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Likewise! :D

      January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How was the lecture?

    January 19, 2014

  • Stu

    I'm here in lobby if you want to get group together.

    January 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Stu, for hosting!

      January 19, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi.........sorry I didn't get a chance to meet everyone, maybe next time. Thank you Stu for making me feel welcome, and I throughly enjoyed the lecture.

    January 19, 2014

    • Stu

      Nice meeting you too, Kat.

      January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, but I won't be able to host today. If you'd like to meet others there, try meeting at the small tables by the bookstore before the lecture. You're welcome to hold a meetup sign too. Enjoy the lecture.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I'm not sure I'll be able to attend and host this event. If I'm able to attend, I'll know tomorrow morning at around 9am and will post a comment here to let you know that I'm coming. If you don't hear from me, that means I'm tied up. Enjoy the lecture and lunch if I don't see you!

    January 18, 2014

  • Arden R.

    Sorry--I can't attend this because I am giving my SOCIALIZING THROUGH ART THERAPY WORKSHOP FROM 2-4PM IN SANTA BARBARA on Jan. 19th. After you receive the wonderful knowledge from your meetup,
    You are welcome to join me for mine, provided you preregister by
    Jan. 16th.

    Hope to see you all soon.

    Arden Rose


    January 10, 2014

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