What we're about

Welcome to the New York City branch of the Center for Inquiry (CFI).

The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, free inquiry, and humanist values. The Center for Inquiry New York City sponsors leading thinkers for lectures and panel discussions on science, philosophy, and religion; supports local community events and campus groups; and works with media and opinion makers. We also hold social events to help build a friendly community of secular citizens here in New York City.

For more information, please visit our Web site (https://cfi-nyc.org/) where you can also signup to receive our monthly newsletter (just click Receive E-Mails at the lower right, and keep up to date on CFI-NYC upcoming events!) .

CFI NYC is a member of Reasonable New York (https://reasonable.nyc/), a coalition of many groups around the New York
area devoted to critical thinking, and celebrating science and secularism.

Upcoming events (5)

Food for Thought-2 (F4T2)

Online event

During the Covid-19 period our regular bi-weekly Sunday brunch conversation, F4T, has moved on-line. By popular request, we are adding more on-line F4T events covering the additional Sundays ('F4T2')-- making us a weekly series! While the regular F4T will continue to be hosted by your loyal and trustworthy servants, Laurence and Harry, for F4T2 we throw caution to the wind, and allow the inmates to run the asylum. Yes, members can now propose topics AND guest-host the conversation for their topic --just don't let the thrill of power go to your heads, okay? Volunteers welcome!

Muslim-ish: searching for truth, rejecting false idols, and fighting for freedom

Who are we? We are Muslims of varying degrees of religiousness: Some of us are practicing Muslims who simply want to take a more objective look at out teachings. Some of us want to discuss certain tenets of our faith that don’t sit well with us. Some of us have come to the realization that organized religion isn’t for us and want to discuss why. What do we want? We want to find the truth, no matter what it is, and fight for our right to follow it. We want to create a safe place for people to exchange thoughts and ideas that we were taught not to talk about.We want to support each other and help each other deal with family questions and formulate answers. We want to give others the chance to choose what they want for themselves, without fear of death, imprisonment, or persecution. Is it safe to attend? We will invite people to our meetings publicly but the meeting location will only be known to people who have attended a meeting in the past. So there are only two ways for a new member, or observer, to attend the meeting. 1- By coming with an existing member. 2- By replying to one of the ads and the volunteer group leader, Ibrahim, will personally talk to them to make sure they are either Muslim-ish or moderate enough Muslims that they would not harm members or reveal their identity. Please send inquiries to [masked] And as this group is still in its infancy, we would like to keep it limited to people from Muslim backgrounds, as this will help us talk freely and comfortably knowing that we all come from the same place. We will be meeting every two weeks, on Wednesdays, at 7PM, somewhere in Manhattan.

Renaissance Person or Polymath or Comprehensivist Wednesdays

Welcome to the series "Polymath Wednesdays" or “Renaissance Person” or “Comprehensivist Wednesdays”. Transdisciplinarity, Renaissance humanism, homo universalis, and Polymathy are some of the ways of describing this approach which Buckminster Fuller called Comprehensivity and described as “macro-comprehensive and micro-incisive”. Please See the calendar and details of all events here: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/events/calendar/ A Meetup Every Day, Every Week, For Everyone! July 15: Why Be a Comprehensivist? — a Panel Discussion. Watch here: https://youtu.be/qjwTy6pGkNA ‪July 22: Louis Sullivan’s Ideas: Art of Expression & Form Follows Function with Architect Sherri Tracinski & Shrikant‬ ‪Jul 29: Humanity's Great Traditions of Inquiry and Action with CJ‬ ‪Aug 5: Optimize Everything: Interview with mathematician Spencer Greenberg on Psychology, society, technology & science‬ ‪Aug 12: The Necessities and Impossibilities of being a Comprehensivist‬ ‪Aug 19: Polymaths in 21st Century with Angela‬ ‪Aug 26: Art Education: Individual & Society with Karen ‬ ‪Sep 2: Neuroscience: Why are our Habits so Powerful? Conversation with Sanjay‬ ‪Sep 9: Lightening Talks (Everyone Welcome to talk for 5 minutes about what they are exploring)‬ ‪Sep 16: Literature and our lives: the Fiction of Relationship‬ ‪Sep 23: The Great Conversation & Syntopicon of Mortimer Adler with Shrikant Please See the calendar and details of all events https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/events/calendar/ A Meetup Every Day, Every Week, For Everyone! See past Meetups at: https://youtube.com/c/52LivingIdeas

Food For Thought (F4T)

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Food For Thought (F4T) is a friendly weekend brunch for people who enjoy discussing serious and "serious" topics with other smart, engaging people. We welcome everyone, whether you are a card-carrying philosopher or are maybe not quite sure who Plato was. The only qualification you need is that you enjoy thinking and eating, and can do both at the same time! The F4T Brunch meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. We will have a new suggested topic each month, though wandering off topic is also allowed! (Good luck trying to stop that from happening.) These will span Science, Philosophy, Politics, History, Economics, and more. Attendees will be invited to propose the topic for the next brunch. We are a friendly group but we must restrict attendance to 12 members so we can all participate in a common conversation. And if you sign up, we expect you to show up! Two no-shows and you will be blocked from attending. To keep up-to-date on CFI-NYC events you should sign up for our monthly newsletter. Go to https://cfi-nyc.org/ and at the lower right click on Receive E-Mails.

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