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"Skeptics In The Pub" started in London in 1999 as informal social event designed to promote fellowship and social networking among amateur skeptics & rationalists, and self-proclaimed agnostics & freethinkers.  The group is now held in various forms around the world, with well over a hundred local chapters.  The Philadelphia chapter is hosted by the local skeptic nonprofit, the "Visible Friends Network". 

In addition to people directly interested in the skeptic movement, we also collaborate with a wide variety of other groups, including:  popular science enthusiasts & citizen scientists, students & faculty in the natural & social sciences, science & tech journalists, investigative reporters & fact-checkers, consumer advocates & watchdog organizations, ethical humanists & secular activists promoting the separation of church & state, and all types of advocates for evidence-based public policies.   

We also welcome people who are interested in skepticism & critical thinking who nevertheless hold some unconventional beliefs related to things like metaphysics, phenomenology, fringe science, futurology, postmodern philosophy, revisionist history, media content analysis, and institutional analysis.  The unusual ideas that emerge from these fields are often unfairly dismissed by mainstream society as either "paranormal," "pseudoscience" or "conspiracy theories", but as scientific skeptics, we aim to approach these type of eccentric topics with an open mind and keep our investigations logically & empirically sound.  We strive to differentiate between the type of easily debunked hoaxes & fallacious arguments that often dupe the average person and heterodox theories & anomalous data that loo strange but deserve serious consideration.

Our meetings offer a chance for like-minded people to get together for drinks, discuss intellectual & controversial subjects in a friendly setting, and meet others who are interested in topics related to scientific skepticism.  We'll also look at ways to improve our own rationality by learning about logic, cognitive biases, basic statistics & probability, and research methods.  Occasionally, we host a speaker, attend skeptic lectures & conventions, and have group discussions based around some of the latest books, essays, TED Talks and podcasts from prominent skeptics.  If any of this sounds interesting to you, we hope you'll join us!

For some lively online discussion, check out our facebook page:  https://www/facebook.com/groups/978965278911188?

Also, visit the Visible Friends Network website:  http://visiblefriends.org/



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