• CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

    Mackey's Public House

    Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on TUESDAY evening, March 12, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - CFI' group. See you there! ***Note: The downstairs at Mackey’s is open again, but the kitchen is not, so the menu is pretty much limited to chicken, chicken, and deviled eggs (and one tofu salad). There is still beer.*** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, secularists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association (AHA) also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. Also look for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH), and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups, so this page may not show all responses. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. 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! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

  • Cafe Inquiry

    Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

    This month's discussion topic is: immigration. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Almost everyone living in the U.S. is descended from people who hopped in a ship or plane and came here for a better life. In some ways we have exulted in this identity, and celebrated the ingenuity, drive, and ambition of immigrants. The plaque at the base of the statute of liberty, for example, states "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore." The U.S. has benefited in the past, and notably continues to benefit economically and culturally, from immigration. Even if immigration is a net positive, however, it can also carry risks. Local resources can be overwhelmed by an influx of new residents, and integration of differing cultures and languages can be difficult in the best of times. New immigrants can also be vulnerable to human traffic, economic exploitation, and isolation. Having enforceable borders is, in some ways, an integral part of any nation. Additionally, immigration policy in the past, and the present, has sometimes been a vehicle of racism and prejudice. As just one example, from 1880 through the 1940's Asian Americans were largely prohibited from becoming naturalized citizens under U.S. law. There is an argument that the current administration's focus on immigration, to include the recent/ongoing shutdown, borrows from this aspect of American history. How much immigration is ideal? What are the benefits of immigration? What are the risks of immigration? After the discussion we will head over to Beau Thai down the street for those who wish to have food and continue the conversation. Look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Skepticism in the Age of Fake News with John Cook

    Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

    ***MUST RSVP TO ATTEND: http://sks.to/CFIDCTalk*** Fake News. President Trump repeats the mantra regularly and uses it as a weapon against the media. It seems like it's everywhere these days. Social media inundates us with information 24/7 and we only have so much time in the day to check the information we're getting so what do we do? John Cook is going to explain how to apply skepticism in a way that'll help you cut through the noise and save you time (and sanity) while online in this era of Fake News.

  • CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

    Mackey's Public House

    Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. 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! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

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  • Café Inquiry

    Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

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  • CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

    Mackey's Public House

    Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. 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! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

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  • CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

    Mackey's Public House

    Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. 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! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

  • Café Inquiry

    (Shaw) Watha T. Daniel Branch Library

    This month's discussion topic is: war and conflict For all of human history, groups have fought for resources, land, or religion. Many early civilizations were founded upon conquest of neighboring tribes and groups. The Roman empire, for instance, obtained much of it's power and influence through centuries of conquest in Europe and the Mediterranean. As technology has advanced, the instruments of conflict have become more and more deadly, and the costs of conflict take longer to recover from. As the cost has increased, society has tried to reconsider the utility of war. Early theories espoused by Thomas Acquinus and Augustine espoused ideas on when war was justified, or a Just War. After the world wars and nuclear weapons, concepts of nonviolence and mutually assured destruction gained wider acceptance as people grappled with the destructive toll of modern armed conflicts and weapons. When, if ever, is war justified? How can we avoid war, and what are the alternatives to armed conflict? Where does the concept of nonviolence fit given humanity's history of conflict? After the discussion we will head over to Beau Thai down the street for those who wish to have food and continue the conversation.

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  • African Americans for Humanism - DC Monthly Meeting

    Hill Center DC

    "The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others." African Americans for Humanism The next monthly meeting of African Americans for Humanism DC will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Latrobe Room at the Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (entrance on 9th St-elevator access available). The Hill Center is located about 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. All AAH meetings are free and open the public. This month we will be discussing an article by Ronald A. Lindsay from Skeptical Inquirer magazine entitled “Why Skepticism? Ron, formerly CEO of the Center for Inquiry, highlights the importance of skeptical thinking in addressing public policy issues. https://www.csicop.org/si/show/why_skepticism1 You may also find the following pieces of interest. • Trump Will Start the End of the World, Claim Evangelicals Who Support Him https://www.newsweek.com/trump-will-bring-about-end-worldevangelicals-end-times-779643 • The Retribution for Evangelicals Who Sold Their Souls to Trump is Coming| Alternet https://www.alternet.org/retribution-evangelicals-who-sold-their-souls-trump-coming?src=newsletter1097049 Some of you may be aware that I have been enduring some health related problems over the past few months and I recently underwent minor surgery to address some of the problems. So while I look forward to seeing you on the 24th I may not be able to join you. Don’t let that stop you from attending. Please select a discussion leader and go ahead with the meeting. Finally, as is customary the November meeting will be the last one for 2018. The next AAH-DC meeting will be on January 26, 2019. Until then stay safe, sane and skeptical . African Americans for Humanism-DC is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-DC. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. For more information about the Center for Inquiry please go to http://www.centerforinquiry.net/about .

  • CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

    Mackey's Public House

    Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. 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! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

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