FYI: This meetup was cancelled due to the icy roads and dangerous driving conditions on the day of the SitP meetup in January. This is a rescheduled event.
This month, we will turn the floor over to Christian philosopher, Tom Peeler. Tom will discuss the question of the existence of God from a philosophical point of view. Tom says we either live in a “God universe” or a “no God universe” and the implications of either one are significant. Science or theology often take center stage in this discussion, but according to Tom, both of those enterprises rest upon a philosophical foundation, and so he will start there in trying to answer what he feels is an all important question.
Tom has a B.S. in Accounting (and was a CPA for 20+ years) and M.S. in Systems Management. And 30+ hours of graduate work in philosophy, logic, and theology. He is also a retired USMC infantry officer and spent about 25 years in business, mostly doing consulting (Arthur Andersen) or IT work (EDS and Continental Airlines). He retired in 2012 and considers himself to be pretty much a full time student.
WE HAVE A PERMANENT HOME FOR SitP MEETUPS!!!
This monthly Skeptics in the Pub meetup, as always, takes place at the Stag's Head Pub.
Add it to your calendar.
The Skinny on the Digs
The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Shepherd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.
But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.
Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.
So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:
- Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
- Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.
Other Important Information
The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.
Driving Tips and Directions
The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Shepherd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Shepherd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Shepherd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.
Upon leaving, you can exit Shepherd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.
If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.
If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.
Hope to see you all there!