We decided to mix it up a bit this month and try a new location for our January Silver Spring Drinking Skeptically (DS). McGinty’s in downtown Silver Spring is an Irish-themed pub/restaurant with a large bar upstairs (and if my ability to detect accents is accurate, an actual Irish manager). Full details about the venue can be found at http://www.mcgintyspublichouse.com/silverspring/ . While DS technically begins at 7:00 pm, if you arrive before 7:00 you can take advantage of happy hour food and drink specials. While technically DS goes until whenever, they do use the upstairs bar for Karaoke on Wednesday nights starting at 9:00. But if you want to stay and sing skeptically, be our guest!
Parking in the Wayne Avenue and Ellsworth Drive garages are free if you stay past 8:00 pm (you still take a ticket to get in when you arrive). The walk to McGinty’s from the Silver Spring Metro stop is about 0.3 miles, or 550 meters if you’re from Ireland. Since this is our first DS at this location, I can’t say for sure where to find us, but if you don’t see someone you recognize, ask the bartender where we are. Whether or not we continue to use McGinty’s for the Silver Spring Drinking Skeptically will depend on how this one goes.
What is Drinking Skeptically, you may ask? (You are a skeptic after all, questions are expected.) Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical thinkers, and like-minded individuals. It provides an opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality. Don’t drink? Don’t let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world’s most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there’s one thing science has taught us, it’s the effects of alcohol on the human body.
What is skepticism? Skepticism is a method of examining claims about the world. The skeptical "toolbox" includes a reliance upon reason, critical thinking, and a desire for verifiable, testable evidence about particular claims (especially extraordinary ones). Usually, the "skeptical way of thinking" is embodied in the scientific method.
For additional information about the nation-wide Drinking Skeptically movement, see http://www.drinkingsk...