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Where actual inquiring minds meet.

This Austin Meetup was formed so people with a similar, secular understanding of the world could get together and build friendships, find support, exchange ideas and simply have fun! There are several events listed every month - from educational programs to social activities. You will find a Lecture Series, Discussion Group, a secular family network for families with kids (Austin Secular Families on Meetup), a ladies-only group (Secular Suzies), Book Group, Community Volunteer Programs - most are free and new folks are always welcome. Most members do not attend all of the events all of the time (including group organizers) - but they are all for folks like us to get together as much as we can. The idea is to meet new people and to catch up with ones we have known a while. Most events are sponsored by the Center for Inquiry Austin; however some events that might interest CFI Austin members also get posted. Come be a part of the Austin secular community!

We are now a semi-autonomous chapter of the Center For Inquiry Transnational. We now collect dues to cover our local activities. Annual dues are $30 for individuals; $45 for a household; $20 for students. If you would like to join and help support our local efforts please send payment to CFI-Austin, PO Box 300036, Austin, TX 78703. Include your name, phone #, and email address. Also, you may join us at a link on the CFI-Austin web page: http://cfi-austin.org/ . Membership will give you free admission to Food For Thought lectures and free or reduced admission to special events.

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Discussion: What's to be done about the crisis on the border?

Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library

What's going on at the border and what we can do about it. Here are some links to reports about the situation: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2019/07/06/border-patrol-el-paso-sector-migrant-detention-center-clint-immigration/1663750001/?utm_source=Editorial%3A+Texas+Tribune+Master&utm_campaign=89da82c78c-trib-newsletters-the-brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9a68d8efc-89da82c78c-101264141&mc_cid=89da82c78c&mc_eid=ddaec37178 https://www.texastribune.org/2019/07/03/texas-cities-confront-spillover-border-migration-crisis/?utm_source=Editorial%3A+Texas+Tribune+Master&utm_campaign=89da82c78c-trib-newsletters-the-brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9a68d8efc-89da82c78c-101264141&mc_cid=89da82c78c&mc_eid=ddaec37178 https://www.texastribune.org/2019/07/03/expansion-remain-mexico-policy-brings-tension-fear-border-cities/?utm_source=Editorial%3A+Texas+Tribune+Master&utm_campaign=89da82c78c-trib-newsletters-the-brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9a68d8efc-89da82c78c-101264141&mc_cid=89da82c78c&mc_eid=ddaec37178

Non-Fiction Book: A Brief History of Medicine: From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy

“A Brief History of Medicine: from Hippocrates to Gene Therapy” By Paul Strathern Among the many histories of medicine, Paul Strathern’s narrative stands out for its lively prose and colorful portraits of figures who broke with dogma and proved new paradigms. Even the expert reader will find much that is novel and nuanced, not only in stories about prominent characters like Galen and Harvey, but less well known individuals like the Venerable Bede, an English monk who revived Greek and Roman knowledge during the Dark Ages, and Al-Razi, an Islamic scholar who challenged Aristotle’s prevailing notions with experimental data and showed that pediatric disorders need not be viewed as untreatable and hopeless. Each chapter offers a rich tableau depicting advances in medical thinking based on astute observation and rigorous induction. Strathern brilliantly succeeds in both educating and entertaining his reader, a perfect blend for a summer treat. — Dr. Jerome Groopman, New Yorker staff writer and author; Recanati Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Drinking Rationally at Mr Tramps (on Research)

Come join us to eat, drink, and solve the world's problems. There is limited parking available. It's okay to park in the Target parking lot, but make sure to read the signs for other businesses that don't want you to park in their space. Menu: https://mistertramps.com/menu/

Non-fiction book: The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester from Goodreads: The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider. Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society? link to article about a key figure in the book: https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/maudslays-micrometer/3010650.article

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