Welcome to Triangle Skeptics. Our mission is to promote critical thinking, scientific literacy and skepticism as tools for advancing knowledge and decision making. We are skeptical but not cynical.

Our focus is on identifying good and bad examples of critical thinking, so that we can hone our own powers of observation, inquiry and deduction.  We discuss, critique and attack ideas, but not people or personalities.  Please be respectful of others and ideas different from your own. They might present an opportunity for you to learn something new. Also, please share your thoughts but be mindful of the length and frequency of your sharing so that everyone gets a chance to speak.

For more information on what skepticism is visit http://www.theskepticsguide.org/

Here's a good definition of skepticism from Steven Novella:

"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion."

Discussions usually revolve around science headlines, the latest paranormal scams and anti-science propaganda, but often veers off into subjects like naked mole rats, Dragon*Con and Doctor Who.

We're not conspiracy theorists, moon landing deniers, climate change deniers, or 9-11 Truthers. If you're looking for that sort of stuff in this group, you'll probably be disappointed.

We're also not a singles group. OK, sure, a lot of us are single and we do get together to socialize but dating isn't the primary function of the group. Creepy / aggressive / stalkery behavior is frowned upon and will probably get you booted from the group. Be polite and show respect.

Although we're mostly agnostic/atheist/secular we are not, strictly speaking, an atheist group.

Likewise, we're probably a bit left-leaning politically but the group as a whole doesn't endorse one particular party.

And yes, we tend toward the nerdy/geeky side but it isn't a requirement.

 

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Welcome Skeptics!

  • 4 days ago · 7:00 PM

    Facilitated Communication & Neuroscientist AMA & UFOs

    9 Skeptics | 5.00

    • Dr. Eric Harris will be talking about Facilitated communication for Austistic individuals and other aspects. • There will also be a Q&A about the brain so think about... Learn more
  • 6 days ago · 6:30 PM

    DJ Trivia

    9 Skeptics | 4.50 | 1 Photo

    Come join us for trivia; win or lose we always have fun! All Skeptics of high school age or older are invited to come be part of the team. The competition starts at 7:... Learn more
  • April 13 · 6:30 PM

    DJ Trivia

    8 Skeptics | 5.00

    Come join us for trivia; win or lose we always have fun! (Although winning does seem to be a tad more fun.) All Skeptics of high school age or older are invited to come... Learn more
  • March 25 · 7:00 PM

    General Meeting - Magic and Skepticism

    11 Skeptics | 5.00 | 1 Photo

    Due to the weather, we had to reschedule this meetup. The relationship between magic and skepticism dates back hundreds of years, and continues to this day. Local... Learn more
  • March 23 · 6:30 PM

    DJ Trivia

    11 Skeptics | 5.00

    Come join us for trivia; win or lose we always have fun! All Skeptics of high school age or older are invited to come be part of the team. The competition starts at 7:... Learn more
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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

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