Skeptics in the Pub: Free-Form Discussion/Trivia



So . . . I had a few people at the Brunch suggest we use this month's SitP to dissect a current events issue (possibly the events in Ferguson). But if you have a topic that you think would spark a good group discussion, bring it along with you, and let's apply our rational minds to real world issues.

I also have another set of trivia questions, if you all would rather play a round of trivia.

I am open for making August a free-form SitP.

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 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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  • Peg

    Sorry I'm missing this one as I was really looking forward to the format. Been on the road all day and am really tired. See you in October.

    August 26

  • Ariel

    Possible topic: Texas GOP platforms always include "don't teach kids critical thinking because that encourages questioning parents and other authorities". The politico/religious right members of the State Board of Education push for the same. Sounds too much like the motto of girl-kidnappers Bok.o Haram ("western education is evil"). Maybe the Lone Star State Republicass Party should call itself "GOP.O TEXRAM".

    August 20

  • Tom P.

    I will be on a roadtrip to move a child to her freshman year at college. See ya'll next month.

    August 19

  • Suzanne

    Darn it! Just so happens the 26th is Dollar Dog Night at the Sugarland Skeeters game. I promised to go with a happy face on, so... Topics? Ferguson; Africa including spread of ebola through lack of a working gov't to provide sanitation, education, security, AND Africa's closer ties to China vs. the US and how that might affect economies in the future; Current "hot spots" around the globe vs. democracies where women are valued and have a say on the civic stage; The role of religion and/or irrational tribal loyalties in all of said hot spots. Have fun!

    August 19

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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