What we're about

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

The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to strive 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.

For more information, please visit our Web site (http://centerforinquiry.net/nyc).

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+)

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.

Principles by Ray Dalio — an Introduction

60 Wall Street Atrium

We will begin our discussion on Ray Dalio’s amazing book “Principles” I recommend watching the Google Talk: 45 minutes main presentation followed by 50 minutes of great Q&A: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c1OoWdqbKdg There is a shorter TED talk which you should watch as well:https://www.ted.com/talks/ray_dalio_how_to_build_a_company_where_the_best_ideas_win?language=en This is a launch of a five Meetup book discussion series on this book. “RAY DALIO HAS PROVIDED ME WITH INVALUABLE GUIDANCE” - BILL GATES “EVERYONE WITH GOALS AND DREAMS CAN LEARN FROM RAY’S APPROACH” - MIKE BLOOMBERG “BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND FILLED WITH SUCH WISDOM” - ARIANNA HUFFINGTON “PRINCIPLES IS THE BOOK I WISH I HAD AS A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR” - MARK CUBAN “PRINCIPLES BY RAY DALIO IS A MASTERPIECE — IT’S A MUST READ!” - MARK BENIOFF “COMPELLING WORK” - JAMIE DIMON “PRINCIPLES HAD A PROFOUND POSITIVE IMPACT ON MY LEADERSHIP STYLE” - REED HASTINGS “I FOUND IT TO BE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY” - TONY ROBBINS “RAY DALIO HAS CREATED THE STRONGEST CULTURE I’VE EVER SEEN IN AN ORGANIZATION” - ADAM GRANT “REMARKABLY ENGAGING” - ANDREW ROSS SORKIN We will be joined by 20+ members of other conversation groups.

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 (formerly, the 'Metacognitive Brunch') will meet monthly, on the 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.

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.

Past events (872)

Darwin Day Lecture (Sunday, 17 Feb)

Commons Cafe

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