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NYC ATHEISTS - MEETUP / SEPT, 16TH (TUES.) 7PM - SOCIALIZING AFTERWARDS

  • Sep 16, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Stone Creek

GROUP LEADER: MICHAEL DORIAN



   


SUBJECT: ARE MOST ATHEISTS NERDS?  ARE YOU A NERD?  IS IT COOL TO BE NERDY THESE DAYS?

Why is Nerd Culture so popular with Atheists?  Why are there so many fans of fantasy, video games, and science fiction among people committed to reason and logic as a guide to their lives?


We're intelligent, thoughtful, and discerning by nature.  But some of what we love to watch and do is downright irrational, zany, and could sometimes be called "mindless escapism."   Do you love to dig into a Harry Potter novel?  Do you rush to the theater to see the latest action-adventure movie rife with superheroes who have super powers?  Why are Atheists so drawn to supernatural themes in their cultural and artistic choices?


Why aren't more Atheists equally drawn to fact-based cinema, art, and literature?  Or are we?  And what does this say about us as a group?  


Please come weigh in on what many Atheists hold dear, and help us to understand why our tastes often seem so misaligned with our deeper beliefs about reality and the world around us.


WHO: NYC Atheists & YOU

WHAT: A lively discussion group with socializing afterward

WHY: Because it matters...

HOW: Just show up...

COST: Free but we hope that you buy a drink or some food to defray the cost of the room.

LOCATION: Stone Creek -140 East 27th St. (3rd/Lex) – REAR ROOM   

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  • Brian J

    I had a great time. The discussion was awesome! :)

    2 · September 17, 2014

    • Thomas

      Same here. First time that I have really been around like minded people. Was very refreshing.

      1 · September 17, 2014

  • Brian J

    I had a great time. The discussion was awesome! :)

    September 17, 2014

  • William C.

    I think one reason that Atheists consider themselves "nerdy" is because they tend to read more than Theists, they read a wider variety of books than Theists and because they are more skeptical than Theists. They also reject the...authority of books, like the Bible and Quran.

    2 · September 16, 2014

    • Brian J

      The reason why we atheists are nerds, is because we're educated. We can love the world of fantasy and sci-to, but not accept it as absolute truth, nor fact. :)

      September 16, 2014

    • Brian J

      I view the words geek, nerd, and atheist as a badge of honor. :)

      September 16, 2014

  • vincent c.

    I wish I could attend. Unfortunately I have class.

    September 16, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Format? Thanks for the confidence. What happens is, Dorian opens the meeting by throwing out the topic (usually a timely topic if not outright controversial). Then the attendees give their opinions, hopefully in a respectful, interesting, eye-opening way. We like it when they talk about their personal experiences. Dorian sees to it that everyone who wants to speak has a chance, but you can sit there and just listen if you don't feel like speaking up. Sometimes it gets a bit heated (especially when there are two definitive sides to an issue) but Dorian calms things down. At the end, Dorian sums things up and gives his view. Then we all go to the bar and drink more beer.

    September 13, 2014

    • Jane E.

      You didn't offend, Thomas! I was being a little sardonic because to say we have a format is flattering us. The evening is like being in a big group of friends who love you, listen to you, respect you, and if they disagree with you, will tell you but still love you. It's therapeutic because you can talk about things you can't talk about in your office or school or even at home. Others in the group may have gone through the same thing and they will give you input.

      September 13, 2014

    • Thomas

      Sounds great jane. Thanks for the info.

      September 13, 2014

  • Thomas

    Hi everyone. First time here. Just wondering the format of the meetups. Is there a speaker? Thanks.

    September 13, 2014

  • Brian J

    Atheists and skeptics tend to be more intelligent than most believers. So it's only natural that most atheists will be into intelligent sci fi like "Star Trek", "2001", and "Blade Runner." But as an atheist, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because it's not entirely supernatural. It shows a world where psychics have changed, and are explained in a way that gives that cinematic universe a sense of realism. It's the same with the "Dark Knight" trilogy by Christopher Nolan. They're not reality, but they have realism. :)

    1 · September 10, 2014

    • Jane E.

      Oh Brian, I think this topic has been tailor-made for you.

      September 10, 2014

    • Brian J

      I actually meant to say physics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not really supernatural, because it's based in realism. :)

      September 10, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Or I could come and not say anything, just listen to you all being nerdy. To nerd or not to nerd, that is the question. Whether tis nobler to feel the slings and arrows of outrageous conformity or to say, nay, tis better to learn to play chess, wear a plastic pen holder in my shirt pocket, watch the Chronicles of Riddick and read my iphone messages in the movies.

    September 10, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Can I come and talk about the war in the Ukraine? That's a little gamey, fantastical and sci-fi-y. Nobody even knows where Ukraine is. It could be one of the moons of Uranus.

    September 10, 2014

  • Jane E.

    I can't believe this topic. Can I come to the discussion even if I don't do video games, science fiction, Harry Potter or fantasy? In fact, I don't know anybody who does those things. Well, I know one Atheist who reads science fiction.

    1 · September 10, 2014

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