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CFI-Harlem Division

CFI-Harlem is a local discussion group of the Center for Inquiry in New York City. CFI-Harlem offers an opportunity to put your principles into practice by joining other rationalists and freethinkers to work for positive change in society. We organize a monthly meeting and occasional intellectual programming.

Monthly discussions are on the last penultimate Saturday of every month, except for December, when the group does not meet. Meetings run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Suggested topics for the August  meetup:

(1) Discussion of personal events and processes that led members to critical thinking; how it has affected their lives and relationships.

(2) Faith vs Belief vs Facts: their differences, virtues, failings and effects.

(3) How can we bring in new members and grow our organization?

 

For good examples of (1) and (2) see "Epiphany" and "Unexamined Belief" in KOUKEN. You can get a PDF version of KOUKEN (free of course) by sending an e-mail request to [masked]

Giddian

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I think you're looking for Karen Armstrong. The book is "A History of God"

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • Yen

      Just because a context "makes sense" doesn't necessarily make it true nor does it necessarily make it false. I was not there. Many times we are not there to know what was really true or false, so we chose the best we can with with the information we know to be true (or information which sounds "reasonable") without actually knowing the truth. We don't know what "we don't know" or how our choices could have change if we knew the full Truth. http://photos2.meetup...­

      October 4, 2013

    • Baldwin

      YEN, YEN, don't do the 360! Make a decision with the information you have. You change when you find new information. i.e. Is Newton wrong or Einstein right regarding gravity? The truth can be a relative thing depending on your relationship to what you are looking at.

      October 5, 2013

  • Elena B.

    It was great meeting everyone and having the discussions. I learned a few new things. Have a great week everyone!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would the other Harlem-area libraries charge the same rate? We held a planning meeting once at the Countee Cullen branch (W. 136th street) and I don't believe there was a room charge.

    September 1, 2013

    • Yen

      That Tex-Mex restaurant wasn't bad for conversation on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Maybe I'll order the Fajita with meat next time! :D

      September 1, 2013

  • Yen

    Who was that "historical context provider?" :D

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What challenging & stimulating discussion! Many of the ideas that were shared has stimulated me to think of things with a fresh approach. Looking forward to the next gathering.

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Yen

    It was good to meet everyone and I am sorry I did not catch everyone's names...including the moderator who provided us with the historical context. Great questions and I hope you will continue to the conversation. I will help you look for a cheaper place to meet than the library, although, The Tex-mex restaurant we ended up in appeared to be a good place for a conversation. : )

    August 24, 2013

    • Yen

      Maybe a church or a mosque wouldn't mind sharing their facilities for secular discussions... :D

      1 · August 24, 2013

    • Yen

      The atrium on 53rd St and Third Ave is super nice. It has a food court at the basement level and a quieter mezzanine section for conversations two levels up if you are willing to meet in the midtown area. (875 3rd Avenue and 53rd Street, Manhattan, NY. Accessible by the E, M train. It is one block away from the more popular Citicorp atrium and it is a lot quieter than the Citicorp's atrium.) I will also check to see we can use any of Columbia's facilities regularly.

      1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to scheduling requirements of the
    Hamilton Grange Branch Library 503 West 145th St (between Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway)
    meetups dates for CFI-Harlem have been shifted to penultimate Saturdays.

    August 12, 2013

  • Charles Alexander Z.

    I'm back in the city. Glad to see the Sat. meet. Missing you.

    July 22, 2013

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