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Skeptics in the Pub: Are We Alone?

Join us this month as our friend and HSS member, Kelley Cyr, discusses the age old question: Are we alone in the universe?

Kelley will walk us through several talking points traditionally associated with the search for life elsewhere in the universe, including the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation, while putting it all in context of the latest planet hunting results from space missions like Kepler.

This should be another very interesting talk!!


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 heading south.

If you are heading north on 59, turn left at the Greenbriar/59 intersection,and enter the freeway heading north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Rudy G.

    Anyone else disappointed an actual alien didn't show up? Asking for a friend.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Tom P.

    Thanks to Kelley for the interesting and informative talk. In the manner of the original question posed by Drake, the presentation stimulated more questions than it answered.

    July 23, 2014

  • Ariel

    Yeah, I'm the missing alien... Seriously, I hated to miss it, but didn't get back to Houston until about 2100.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Carlos ("Carl") Ledson M.

    Good choice of topics. Nice, informal presentation and discussion.

    3 · July 23, 2014

  • Madhan

    cant make it tonight

    July 22, 2014

  • Emily

    Stuff came up, of course, can't make it tonight, have fun!

    July 22, 2014

  • mohammed a.

    Car battery is dead for some unknown reason might come late.

    July 22, 2014

  • Richard

    Needing to work later than I thought... may not be able to make it.

    July 22, 2014

  • Teresa

    If we aren't alone it is possible to know conclusively.
    If we are alone it is impossible to know conclusively.

    1 · July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      First time to this meetup. Will run late but i will try to make it.

      1 · July 21, 2014

    • Emily

      Good times!

      1 · July 21, 2014

  • Emily

    I will be late, probably by 45 minutes, but I hope to be able to catch some of the talk, and, more importantly, the discourse with my peers!

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Ariel

    Sorry - will be away again. Would've jumped at it otherwise!!

    July 21, 2014

  • Lou J

    Sorry I can't make this one. I'll be looking forward to the post talk comments.

    July 19, 2014

  • Madhan

    Hi Sam - did you get my followup email ?

    July 10, 2014

  • Suzanne

    Alone as in "no other sentient beings" -- or alone as in no other life forms at any stage of development? There's the joke about the lizards on the Galapagos... As Darwin & Co. approached, one lizard said to the other, "Interesting. I wonder if they like to eat their bugs alive, or kill them first?" All about frame of reference.

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Tom P.

    This is a topic that seems to tell us more about ourselves than about inhabitants of other worlds.

    1 · July 1, 2014

  • Davyd O.

    Why do you think that they're looking for a place to inhabit? Perhaps they didn't ruin their own planet as humans are doing. Earth is a reality television show on their planet with fairly high ratings.

    July 1, 2014

  • Peg

    I think we're probably along. They've taken one look at us, noticed the total insanity of the human species and decided to find a safer place to inhabit.

    July 1, 2014

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