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Skeptics in the Pub: Critical Thinking 101

This meetup is our biannual introduction to critical thinking and skepticism presentation (April and October). It will be structured like a class/course, but don't worry. It will be very very informal. No need to take notes or raise your hand to go to the restroom.

Also, the material is geared for newbies to skepticism; those folks who aren't quite sure what critical thinking is yet or how to do it. So more seasoned members may not get much out of it. However, I'm always looking to attendees to help me hone it as we go. We will be making adjustments on the fly. You veterans can no doubt help out in that regard.

Anyway, I'm hoping this will still be a fun, social event. There will still be beers and food. Lots of participant interaction. Some critical thinking exercises. And no tests!

So come on out and enjoy a good introductory course for our members.

WE HAVE A PERMANENT HOME FOR SitP MEETUPS!!!

Like all the others, this Skeptics in the Pub meetup is being held 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 lacquered 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Sheperd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Sheperd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Sheperd. 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 Sheperd 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!

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  • Nancy B.

    Well done!

    April 23, 2014

  • Abraham M

    Good presentation

    April 23, 2014

  • Peg

    This was fantastic. Didn't know what to expect but was not disappointed. As Sam went through the presentation I kept asking myself; do I have preconceived notions in this or that area?

    April 23, 2014

  • Rob

    Going to be a late night at work and going to cancel. Look forward to rejoining for Cosmos.

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be coming--been sick today. Hopefully, I'll make the October one.

    April 22, 2014

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