What we're about

The Suncoast Skeptics is a group which values critical thinking and rational, evidence-based decision-making. We are passionate about a wide range of subjects, including philosophy, science, epistemology, social issues, morality, and, obviously, pragmatic skepticism.

Are you someone who has a thick skin and enjoys having your beliefs and biases challenged? Do you have a rational mind and a thirst for learning new things? Do you believe that doubt is valuable, that not knowing all the answers is something which drives us to explore the world? Are you willing to accept convincing evidence over wild speculation? Do you possess a curiosity which keeps you expanding your understanding of yourself and reality? If so, this is the group for you.

Our group members come from many backgrounds and hold a diversity of beliefs on many issues. Most are atheists or non-religious, and we do tend to be liberal / progressive on many issues. Most of us are humanists and wish to reduce the harm we see in the world. But those are not universal or required traits. So long as you bring to the table patience, polite debate, and challenging ideas, you might enjoy joining us!

We meet regularly for Sunday morning brunches, Wednesday dinners, and trivia nights. Many of our meetings are discussions where attendees talk about important issues of the day. Some of the topics we've covered over the years include choosing authorities and sources, gun control, alternative medical treatments, organic crops, space exploration, public education, and the economics of Star Trek, just to name a few.

Through 2017, the Suncoast Skeptics have largely been a social discussion group, but things are in motion to build a new platform within the group. We're adopting explicit Humanistic values and will be looking for ways in which the group can provide service to our Sarasota and Manatee communities through charity works, volunteerism, and educational outreach. If this sounds like something you would like to see move forward, please let us know!

Upcoming events (5+)

Skeptic's Cafe - ALT

The Rosemary

Skeptics Cafe - ALT (1st and 3rd Sundays) now held in Downtown Sarasota. We will continue Skeptical Conversations hopefully until the Cows come home. Bring your ideas, questions or announcements. Please RSVP by 2 PM the day before so we let the restaurant know how many will attend. This event will continue on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month in downtown Sarasota at the Rosemary or Charlie's Deli a couple doors down from the Rosemary. We enjoy the outdoor setting at the Rosemary as much as possible, but if it is very hot or rainy please check at the deli, same good food, and management in both places. If there is a TOPIC you want to discuss, Please post it to the meetup in advance.

Team Trivia - Hillview Gecko's

Geckos Grill & Pub

This is our monthly meetup to play trivia as a team at the Hillview Gecko's location. We will continue this meetup each month on the first Wednesday. This is not a discussion dinner as it is too loud to hold regular conversation. We play as a team against other teams in the restaurant. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are gift certificates for Gecko's, and when we place, we use the prize the next month on appetizers for our group. Click here for the menu! (http://www.geckosgrill.com/menus.php)

Skeptic's Cafe - Sarasota

The Rosemary

Please RSVP by Friday if possible so we can be sure to arrange the seating. This event will continue on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at The Rosemary.

Think + Drink at South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum

This is the monthly trip to South Florida Museum for the Think + Drink event. You must RSVP and have a ticket to guarantee seating, and arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Topic TBA.

Past events (1,086)

Skeptic's Cafe - Sarasota

The Rosemary

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