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(TIME-SENSITIVE) Four free events and one special lunch of interest to my fellow New York Philosophy members;

From: Elaine
Sent on: Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:44 AM


author of Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, on


at historic PETE?S TAVERN 129 East 18 Street (at Irving Place)

October 10, 2010 

October is Freethought Month because on October 12, 1692, Governor William Phips of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared that ?spectral evidence? would no longer be admissible in court, thereby ending?for lack of real-world evidence?the Salem Witch Trials. Come join us to celebrate America?s only holiday dedicated to reason, science and freethought.

Brunch at Pete?s Tavern (Est. 1864 ? ?the tavern O. Henry made famous?) is just $25 for your choice of 11 excellent entrees, one drink (Bloody Mary, Mimosa, etc.), plus coffee or tea, and including all taxes and tips.


(The room only holds 48 people.)

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Great Lecture Series Premieres Tuesday evening, October 12

"Not the title I would have picked, myself," Dawkins says, but it is devastating.  A British TV documentary that was the precursor of Dawkins' 2006 best-selling book, The God Delusion, this fast-paced illustrated lecture, now on DVD, explores the unsubstantiated beliefs that are treated as factual by religion, and the real dangers to society of those delusions embraced by the religious. Each Great Lectures evening will begin with a viewing of a DVD, followed by a Q&A and general discussion led by SHSNY Board Member Bobh Murtha.  FREE.  Oct 12, Tuesday evening 7-9PM, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, 140 E. 27th St (Lex/3rd)


Book Club discusses The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, Thursday evening, October 14, 6:30-8:00

Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them?  The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication.  Everyone I've introduced this book to has loved it.  Erudite, engaging and highly original, journalist Pollan's fascinating account of four everyday plants and their coevolution with human society challenges traditional views about humans and nature.   Using the histories of apples, tulips, potatoes and cannabis to illustrate the complex, reciprocal relaionship beween humans and the natural world, he shows how these species have successfully exploited human desire to flourish.

Join us even if you haven't finished reading.  The SHSNY Book Club is open to all ... and free!

Every SHSNY Book Club is a Book Swap, too.  Bring the books gathering dust on your shelves and take your pick of other readers' castaways.  The leftovers?  Donated to the library where we meet.  Conveniently located near bus stops, subway and PATH stations, etc., The Muhlenberg Public Library is a 209 West 23rd St., near 7th Ave.


 Informal Sunday Brunch Get-Together at a new restaurant, Sunday, October 17

We'll gather at BXL East, 210 East 51th Street, just east of 3rd Avenue for outstanding Belgian fare so I can be embarrassed by being the only one who doesn't know what "BXL" stands for.  Dishes ranging from $7 to $16, and prix-fixe Sunday Brunch (including a drink) for $17.  Chek it out at

Everyone interested in getting together with 20 or more like-minded humanists and rationalists for good food and lively talk in a charming East-side setting is welcome.  Bring friends.  It's always a casual party-type morning.


Free Movie Night, Monday, October 18, 7:00PM

The Crucible, the film version of Arthur Miller's parable of the 1950s anti-communist crusade, thinly veiled as the Salem witch trials of 1692.  After being spurned by her married lover (Daniel Day-Lewis), young Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder) stirs up a frenzy of hysteria and fear with her accusations of witchcraft. Movie night is free.  You can check out Stone Creek's menu and prices online at  Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, 140 E. 27th St (Lex/3rd)




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