What we're about

The Center for Inquiry Western New York (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/wny) (CFI WNY) strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. We envision a world where people value evidence and critical thinking, where superstition and prejudice subside, and where science and compassion guide public policy.

A branch of the international Center for Inquiry (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/), CFI WNY works to progress the above values in our local area through community building, educational efforts, and activism.

Our members are typically atheists, secular humanists, skeptics, agnostics, and other freethinkers. We host community lectures, coffee shop and bar discussion groups, potlucks, book club meetings, secular family events, social gatherings, and more—and we're always open to new ideas to grow our community!

You can learn more about CFI WNY, see a calendar of events, and sign up for our email list at https://cfiwny.org/sign-up/ (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/wny)

Join the CFI WNY Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/cfiwny
Email: wny@centerforinquiry.org
Phone: (716) 636-4869 ext. 402
Address: 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14228

Upcoming events (4+)

Skeptical Inquirer Presents: Steven Novella- The Skeptics' Guide to the Future

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Our predictions of the future are a wild fantasy, inextricably linked to our present hopes and fears, biases and ignorance. The best we can do is try to absorb the lessons from futurism's checkered past, perhaps learning to do a little better.

Our next Skeptical Inquirer Presents event on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. ET, welcomes podcast host and academic neurologist Dr. Steven Novella. What can we learn from past futurists to help us more meaningfully imagine the future of science and technology? What kinds of technological innovations are likely in the next 20, 100, and even 1,000 years? In The Skeptics’ Guide to the Future, Novella and his co-authors build upon the work of futurists of the past and examine what they got right, what they got wrong, and how they came to those conclusions. He’ll discuss the follies of futurists past and how technology will profoundly change our world, redefining what it means to be human.

Free registration is required to take part in this live Zoom event, so sign up right now.

Cheap Fakes, Deep Fakes, Democracy: A Citizen's Guide to Detecting Fake Images

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This presentation will explore the prevalence of fake pictures, videos, and audio files on the internet as well as their implications for democracy. After examining several examples of photoshopped images and cheap fake and deepfake audio and video files, Redmond will provide a handful of tools that can be used to detect fake images and recordings online, thereby enabling us to become a more critically thinking citizenry.

About the speaker: Timothy J. Redmond, who received his PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, is an award-winning educator at Williamsville East High School and an adjunct professor at Daemen University. He is the author of over one hundred articles on critical thinking and politics as well as the book Political Tribalism in America: How Hyper Partisanship Dumbs Down Democracy and How To Fix It.

Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission, FREE for students (with ID) and CFI members

For more information about becoming a member of the Center for Inquiry please visit www.cfiwny.org/donate

CFI Game Night

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Get your game on with some like-minded secular folks!

We'll have a selection of board games and card games. Feel free to BYOG (bring your own games), too!

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Please bring your own beverage and consider bringing a favorite snack to share, too.

The earlier you arrive the better - this will give you a better chance to join a table and start a game.

Some competitiveness is normal with any gaming, but please be sure to remain friendly and civil.

We'll see you there. Bring your best game face!

For More Information text/call John @[masked] or email [masked]

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required in order to attend.

Café Inquiry discussion group - Buffalo

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Café Inquiry is a discussion group for those who love critical inquiry and friendly debates! Come join us to talk about debunking and prebunking and what they mean for the skeptics movement!

If you can't make this meeting, we have plenty more throughout the month of April! Our April Schedule is:

April 11: Online
April 18: Panera Bread in Orchard Park
April 25: Panera Bread in Tonawanda

Past events (1,198)

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

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