• Skeptics Trivia!

    Rockhound Brewing Company

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Rockhound Brewing in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:30pm sharp, but I'll be there by 6:30pm with a Madison Skeptics sign. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Rockhound serves good beer and decent food.

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  • Pet Your Peeve

    Porta Bella Restaurant Cellar

    “I know it’s trivial. I know it’s just a little thing that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. I know I’m just being petty. I know most people couldn’t care less. But, damn it, it bugs me!” Haul out your favorite irritation and pet your peeve in public. It’s open-mic night at the Atheist Lounge, and you get 3-5 minutes to vent about that one little thing in life that you wish would just go away. (Sneak preview: At least one of us will be mentioning self-cancelling faucets.) The get-together will occur, as usual, the last Thursday of the month. Order food and drink at 7 PM, followed by drawing for door prizes, and then the floor is yours!

  • Skeptics Trivia!

    Rockhound Brewing Company

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Rockhound Brewing in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:30pm sharp, but I'll be there by 6:30pm with a Madison Skeptics sign. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Rockhound serves good beer and decent food.

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  • Skeptics Trivia!

    Rockhound Brewing Company

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Rockhound Brewing in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:30pm sharp, but I'll be there by 6:30pm with a Madison Skeptics sign. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Rockhound serves good beer and decent food.

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  • Parlor Karaoke

    Abigail and Richard's Casa de Puertas (Private House)

    Have you ever wanted to sing karaoke but were too shy to get up in front of 50-60 people (many of them drunk) to do it? Besides which you had to wait an hour and a half for your turn? Well, then, welcome to parlor karaoke. Only 8 people in a residential living room, 2 of them guaranteed non-judgmental. We'll go around the room, each taking a turn at naming the song he or she wants to sing. (There are a surprising number of them available on YouTube.) Duets are cool, too; we've got 2 mics. The event is free. Soft drinks and light snacks will be provided, but if you feel the need for some liquid courage, you'll have to bring your own. Please take the RSVP below seriously. We have only limited space and want to make the best use of it. If it turns out that you can't make it after all, please cancel your RSVP in case there are people on the waiting list.

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  • Skeptics Trivia!

    Rockhound Brewing Company

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Rockhound Brewing in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:30pm sharp, but I'll be there by 6:30pm with a Madison Skeptics sign. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Rockhound serves good beer and decent food.

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  • Skeptics Trivia!

    Rockhound Brewing Company

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Rockhound Brewing in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:30pm sharp, but I'll be there by 6:30pm with a Madison Skeptics sign. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Rockhound serves good beer and decent food.

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  • Book Discussion: Coddling of the American Mind, by Lukianoff and Haidt

    Abigail and Richard's Casa de Puertas (Private House)

    The book is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. We'll have a free-form discussion of this book in our living room. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE, but we want to know how many to plan for, because there's a limit to our capacity, so RSVPs are required! If you RSVP that you're coming and then decide that you can't, please change your RSVP to "No", so we can make room for someone else and/or stock up on the goodies accordingly. Here’s a blurb from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36556202-the-coddling-of-the-american-mind A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy. The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. But despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the Great Untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological findings on grit, growth, and antifragility. The result is rising rates of depression and anxiety, along with endless stories of college campuses torn apart by moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations. This is a book about how we got here. First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt take us on a tour of the social trends stretching back to the 1980s that have produced the confusion and conflict on campus today, including the loss of unsupervised play time and the birth of social media, all during a time of rising political polarization. This is a book about how to fix the mess. The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life, with devastating consequences for them, for their parents, for the companies that will soon hire them, and for a democracy that is already pushed to the brink of violence over its growing political divisions. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • Evil, Bad, Naughty, or Taboo?

    Porta Bella Restaurant Cellar

    There are various degrees of awfulness. It’s hard to imagine anything more horrendous than drowning every living being on the planet with 40 days of torrential rain. That would be omnicide and would be the worst thing ever, if it had actually occurred. Not far behind it is something that has happened, and more than once: genocide, the systematic murder of an entire racial, ethnic, religious, or national group. Murder, torture, and rape are purely evil actions, but further down the scale are things that are simply bad, including crimes like theft, kidnapping, and arson as well as legal but offensive behavior such as lying, adultery, and smoking. We generally use the term “naughty” to refer to the kind of mischief and minor damage that little kids do or bad words they might say (even if they first heard them from you). Which brings us to this month’s topic: things that are taboo, even tho they don’t cause any obvious harm to anyone, even oneself. Think cannibalism, incest, eating shellfish, etc. Why are some things taboo and others not? Maybe you think it’s OK to eat shrimp but disgusting to lick your fingers afterward. Why is that? What triggers our sense of revulsion to the point of wanting to make it socially unacceptable? And are those things universal? The Atheist Lounge will tackle this question on, as usual, the last Thursday of the month. Order food and drink at 7 PM, with short presentation starting about 30-45 minutes thereafter, and plenty of open discussion after that.

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  • Skeptics Trivia!

    Babe's Restaurant & Cocktails

    Join Skeptics for "Premiere Trivia" at Babe's in Madison! Everyone is invited, new and old! The game starts at 7:00pm sharp, but we'll start to arrive by 6:00pm. Feel free to show up early for skeptical conversation. Games runs until about 9:00pm. Babe's has very large tables, and a dining room as wide as South Dakota. Plenty of room. Feel free to attend if you're on the waiting list.

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