Trifecta!!!

This is it, people. The big one.. the hot tamale... the..Trifecta!

This group, along with Atheists Etc. and Skeptics 2030, will all be meeting at the Lucky Lab on NW Quimby. People of all ages are welcome.

Plenty of street and rear lot parking available. If anyone can meet with me half an hour early to help gobble up tables, feel free to do so.

I had this idea of people doing OPTIONAL homework. The homework is the following: Bring new knowledge to the table, new knowledge about religion or a specific religious practice that follow free thinkers may not know yet. Feel free to talk about it.. or not.... BOOZE!

If you are a member of multiple meetup groups listed, please only RSVP to one of them !!!

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  • Laurie S.

    Now I am really fired up. I spent some of my life viewing and critiquing psychological studies. My least favorite was a double blind study of "Match players and Fire starters" Just the title puts me to sleep. It was a scientific study but I really didn't believe in its conclusion. My most favorite one had to do with the White Coat Syndrome. Common people, clothed in white lab coats, actually administered electric shocks to people under various circumstances. They knew they weren't doctors and they didn't play doctors on TV but because they were playing the part of doctors they administered electric shocks as they saw fit. Of course the electric shocks didn't happen, but these morons felt compelled to play their part. Science is not mystical. Remember boys and girls the scientific process from Junior High? The crucial component is that the experiment can be duplicated. So far I have only heard "He said, She said". That, ladies and germs is not science. It is opinions.

    January 11, 2013

    • Lynn

      I think you just bored me to death.

      January 21, 2013

  • James H.

    And we're here! You lucky people.

    January 19, 2013

  • A.G.

    Audra, I think you might be a little generous calling her a "classic" troll. Iirc, the "Classic" is being a short towheaded lefthanded epileptic bisexual that takes over the known world and dies of boredom.

    January 19, 2013

  • Audra

    Isaac, she is a classic troll. Ignore. If she meets us there and I am wrong fine. Until then, quacks like a duck etc.

    2 · January 16, 2013

  • Laurie S.

    I'm with Peter. I'm very confused by a dogma associated with a made up religion intended to spoof religion. If I wanted religion I would join a church. Seems a little like nature abhorring a vacuum. I turn my back on religion, it is silly, I have found my non religion religion but now I am scoffed at for disagreeing with your (collectively) religion. What gives people? I was thinking of skipping yet another meet up but I hope to meet you all to be educated. Do you have catechism lessons? I want to be sure to fit in and agree with all of your opinions and views of how a non religion should be. . .

    January 11, 2013

    • Laurie S.

      When I was in 7th grade there was a fat red-headed kid named Tim. I think we bullied him although I was just "going along with the crowd". He accidentally on purpose left his journal with my books one Friday. After my mother looked at it she called the principal, his parents, and Dr McGeary. Gladly I am not that fragile. I have disagreed but I haven't demeaned. Again, you are not nice people.

      January 16, 2013

    • Isaac

      Are you lumping us all together, and passing judgment on us en masse? I still don't know of any dogma. No, I have not read the FSM Gospel.

      January 16, 2013

  • Kellie

    MYTHBUSTER STYLE!!!

    The Myth: There is a "Don't like" button on meetup.com

    The experiment: Look for it as an Organizer in FireFox, Chrome and (gasp!) Internet Explorer. (You know we like our explosions.) Check over spouses shoulder on a Linux system. No "Don't Like" button, or box, or hotlink, or option found.

    BUSTED!!

    But (as always with science) I could be wrong. If someone does find a "Don't like" button please send me instructions on how to see it and I will attempt to replicate your experiment. If I can succeed in replicating this experiment, I will immediately admit that I was wrong and be happy about it because I learned something!!

    3 · January 16, 2013

    • Laurie S.

      You are not nice people

      January 16, 2013

    • Laurie S.

      Oh and finally, 250 mgs zoloft, 300 mgs of welbutrin, and a bunch of cardiac meds can't insulate me from you. You've finally made me cry

      January 16, 2013

  • Troy C.

    For those of you coming to the Trifecta on Saturday, who are also doing the optional homework - Please send me your interesting story in a text format, so I can put everyone's on one page and just print them out, lay them on the table. This is also optional, in case you prefer to tell everyone your story each time. See you Saturday at 6pm! Troy Carter

    January 16, 2013

  • Peter L.

    I am very uncomfortable with Skeptics unquestioning faith in the conclusions of "science" to the point of being willing to prohibit others from following their own beliefs. This is my major conflict with the religious right, since I lack any concern for others beliefs as long as they don't impose them on me. This leaves me pretty uncomfortable with joining your "trifecta", since I also don't believe in raining on others' parades.

    1 · January 1, 2013

    • Peter L.

      I looked up "troll" in wikipedia which said that was a person who posts inflammatory messages. I'm sorry that anyone took my message as inflammatory. I'm searching for "like minded folks" and wanted to share why I decided not to join this particular meetup. I've been using, building and designing computers for over 40 years. No "faith" needed. I'm afraid I'm rather skeptical about Skeptics, and find their efforts to limit others' freedom to draw their own conclusions offensive.

      January 11, 2013

    • Willis M.

      For me personally, I've never met a more friendly / safe / inviting / warm / and intelligent group than my Pastafarian friends - if only I could meet them every day, that would seem only just enough. I hope you find what you're looking for someday.

      January 16, 2013

  • Troy C.

    Peter, I've been trying to figure out what you were trying to say there....I honestly don't know what you are talking about. Every skeptic I know doesn't say " Science has it all figured out. The conclusions are final". They usually just say that science is trying to figure it out and that science is getting closer and closer every year. I really don't see how we are raining on anyone's parades either. This is a group of Atheists...having an atheist meeting. We're not imposing anything on anyone. This topic came out of no where and is irrelevant to the Trifecta. It is just a chance to meet other people with similar beliefs... and drink. And Laurie, no one in the FSM group actually thinks it is a real religion. I am pretty sure everyone has the brain cells required to distinguish the difference.

    6 · January 12, 2013

    • Laurie S.

      I re read your comments. Would you find it insulting if someone told you how to type? Also, I was asking an honest question: Where is the "don't like" button?

      January 15, 2013

    • Troy C.

      Laurie, are you referring to the "Unlike" button? If so, that only appears when you have personally liked something previously. You know, like saying something nice.. then deciding to take it back.

      1 · January 16, 2013

  • Troy C.

    We could also save all these conversations for the actual Trifecta!

    January 15, 2013

    • Laurie S.

      Good thinking! But I'm new. Maybe I should create a script?

      January 15, 2013

  • Willis M.

    On a slightly different note,

    What most intrigues me a great deal these days is a certain assumption I hear tossed around on a somewhat regular basis. It tends to be pitched as a serious challenge for the atheist. Goes a bit like this: can a person be of good and moral character in the absence of religious grounding? Moreover the idea can suggest that in absence of religious ethics, humans are inevitably inclined for rape, pillage, or worse - much like the 11th, 12th, and 13th century religious Crusades (irony... intended). lol.

    January 15, 2013

    • Kellie

      ""With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil—that takes religion. " - Steven Weinberg

      4 · January 15, 2013

    • Willis M.

      Funny!

      January 15, 2013

  • Bill S.

    But they are pushing their beliefs on others. They vote people into office every year that they believe support biblical-based truth. An overwhelming majority of the members of house do not believe in evolution. And many of them sit on science committees and see no proof of climate change. Genetic research to prevent genetically transmitted health issues like type I diabetes in children, they consider playing God.

    January 15, 2013

  • Wendi S.

    As the great Bill Maher quipped, "saying that atheism is a religion is like saying abstinence is a sexual position." Enough said. See you guys Saturday!

    3 · January 14, 2013

    • Willis M.

      Wow, that's so funny... and true... lol. Nice quip Wendy! See you all Saturday!

      January 14, 2013

  • James H.

    Peter, bring that thought with you. I have never seen an instance of a skeptic prohibiting a religious person in so far as the religious person was not pushing their beliefs on others. If you have this would be a great topic to discuss at this meeting.

    1 · January 5, 2013

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