• Little Italy for Dinner, Coffee, and Dessert

    Farmer's Table Little Italy

    I read about this new restaurant and it sounded too good to pass up. C'mon with me to enjoy the early Spring night! Afterwards, we can stroll up the street to a cafe for coffee and dessert. Leave the car behind - it's Little Italy, and the trolley runs nearby.

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  • The Killer Bias with Dr. Shawn Carlson

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The Killer Bias: How Confirmation Bias Makes Us, Breaks Us, and Takes Us to the Edge of Extinction (And What You Can Do About It.) No one prides themselves on being close minded – yet all of us are. Indeed, the tendency to eschew ideas that challenge our core beliefs is quite literally built into our DNA. In ancient times this trait promoted tribalism – a shared sense of identity within an isolated group of people – which served to foster cooperation within these tribes. Communities that worked together tended to out-compete those that didn’t, and this fact propagated confirmation bias down through the generations. Back then, the Truth of the world didn’t matter as much as beating out the competition for limited resources. But all of that has changed. Modern science and technology have created a new world; one in which the Truth matters very much. In this talk, we'll trace the evolutionary origins of confirmation bias and explore its potentially catastrophic consequences in modern times. We'll also examine ways to identify the bias in ourselves, and how to manage its effects on our beliefs and decisions. Finally, we’ll talk about how people who understand confirmation bias can help make the world a bit more rational for the benefit of us all. About the Speaker: Shawn Carlson is a physicist, a nationally known science writer and skeptic, and an award-winning educator who works to inspire people of all ages to take part in scientific adventures of all kinds. He is the author of five books, founder of the LabRats Science Education Program, a former columnist for Scientific American magazine, and a MacArthur Fellow. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. You are welcome to join us for a social hour prior to the event at 6pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Korean BBQ in Mira Mesa

    Gen Korean BBQ House

    No, this is not a special occasion event. It is simply a cook-it-yourself meat-heavy dinner with friends and acquaintances on a cold Winter's evening. It's still dark early these days, though Spring is just around the corner (wait til next month for the Equinox dinner). Please join me at a newish Mira Mesa restaurant near the Regal cineplex at the corner or Mira Mesa Boulevard and Westview Parkway (just off the 163 in the northern part of San Diego City). We can share recipes for all manner of baked goods, or just chitchat about whatever comes to mind. Please feel free to bring a guest. Or not, as the case may be. This is a barbecue restaurant, and Korean, at that, so I hope you're in the mood for protein of the animal sort. There will be tongs for use, so we won't be too challenged with stainless steel chopsticks. There might be some veggies, if we're lucky... at least some kimchi, hopefully. Please keep your RSVP up to date so that I can make an accurate reservation. Thank you. Plenty of parking on a weekday evening at this location. See you there.

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  • Food, Drinks, Music, & Dancing at Gossip Grill

    Gossip Grill

    If you live in San Diego and you've never been to Gossip Grill, then you're missing out! It's a fun, flamboyant, and high-energy 21+ bar & nightclub with live entertainment, upbeat music, dancing, great food, and drinks. It's considered a safe space for women and LGBT folks, but everyone is welcome. I will be deejaying there from 6-10pm on Sunday January 27th, 2019. I will be spinning top 40, hip-hop, R&B, house, pop, Latin, oldies, and funk/disco. Stop by and say hi! Even if you don't know me, just approach me and introduce yourself. You can chill next to me and make song requests throughout the night. You'll find me in the back of the patio. Feel free to message me through meetup or text me at (619)[masked] if any additional questions come up. DJ Latina (Alicia G)

  • January!

    Tu Thanh restaurant

    I've not been here before, and would love to have other adventurous eaters joining me for this first experience. I have but three words to entice you: Duck Noodle Soup.

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  • Solstice Dinner

    Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe

    It's the longest night of the year. Spend it in good company with fellow freethinkers while enjoying a relaxing meal at one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. Sipz has two locations, and I prefer going to the one in Kearny Mesa for the simple reason that it's easier for me to get to from home. Sipz is somewhat conveniently located (by San Diego standards) at the interchange of the 805 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. if you're approaching from the east, you'll need to make a U-turn at the light at Doliva, then enter from the beginning of the on ramp. From the west, just pretend you're going to get onto the 805, then take the driveway into the carpark immediately before. I enjoy the Asian-inspired fare served here, and love the variety of dishes. We'll agree on what to order, then share all of it so that everyone gets to try everything. In other words, it's a share-and-split. One of my favorite items to order is the (vegan) sushi - delicious! Please keep your RSVP up-to-date. It's an affordable dinner out, typically less than $20pp. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Backgammon and Brews - All Levels

    TBD

    I'll be hosting backgammon at coffee houses, breweries and happy hours. Whatever works best for all attending. I've been playing backgammon for a long time and I really love playing and teaching the game. If you're looking for someone to play with or your just looking to learn the game or if you just want to come on down have a brew or two and watch, all are welcome. I hope you'll check out this Meetup and let's have some fun. *** I'll be doing my best to find venues that are as convenient as possible for everyone attending so please tell me what part of town you're in and what time(s) and days are best for you. Come join us for a brew or two and enjoy one of the world's oldest games. Looking forward to meeting you! [Please note] Unless there are at least 4 attendees or unless we've made other plans ahead of time, the meetups will be cancelled.

  • Let's Play Dead! Musicians wanted to jam some Dead!

    TBA - To Be Announced

    Let's play Dead! I'm looking for musicians who want to get together and jam some Dead and anything else we feel like playing. I looking to have some fun and meet new local musicians. [Please Note} If there are not at least 3 people attending please consider the Meetup cancelled.

  • Backgammon and Brews - All Levels

    TBD

    I'll be hosting backgammon at coffee houses, breweries and happy hours. Whatever works best for all attending. I've been playing backgammon for a long time and I really love playing and teaching the game. If you're looking for someone to play with or your just looking to learn the game or if you just want to come on down have a brew or two and watch, all are welcome. I hope you'll check out this Meetup and let's have some fun. *** I'll be doing my best to find venues that are as convenient as possible for everyone attending so please tell me what part of town you're in and what time(s) and days are best for you. Come join us for a brew or two and enjoy one of the world's oldest games. Looking forward to meeting you! [Please note] Unless there are at least 4 attendees or unless we've made other plans ahead of time, the meetups will be cancelled.

  • Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine...

    Golden City Restaurant

    Leave the shoppers on this Black Friday and welcome the cooler weather and dark nights at the Ninth Annual Post-Turkey Day Dinner! Once again, we will patronize Golden City, located on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at the 163. We'll order the usuals, including Peking Duck (sic), Oysters Hot Pot, Chinese broccoli, and Rice noodles with beef and scallion; we will try a few new things as well - always a fun time. We'll enjoy their special hot dessert to finish the evening on a not-too-sweet note. Kat will be taking the train from Santa Barbara for the weekend. You'll have an opportunity to pepper her with questions about college life and her various on- and off-campus activities. The restaurant lies on the routes of the 20, 235, 928, and 120 MTS buses. As always, it'll be a share-and-split. I'm looking forward to meeting more adventurous eaters!

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