What we're about

Welcome to Triangle Skeptics. Our mission is to promote critical thinking, scientific literacy and skepticism as tools for advancing knowledge and decision making. We are skeptical but not cynical.

Our focus is on identifying good and bad examples of critical thinking, so that we can hone our own powers of observation, inquiry and deduction. We discuss, critique and attack ideas, but not people or personalities. Please be respectful of others and ideas different from your own. They might present an opportunity for you to learn something new. Also, please share your thoughts but be mindful of the length and frequency of your sharing so that everyone gets a chance to speak.

For more information on what skepticism is visit http://www.theskepticsguide.org/

Here's a good definition of skepticism from Steven Novella (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Novella):

"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion."

Discussions usually revolve around science headlines, the latest paranormal scams and anti-science propaganda, but often veers off into subjects like naked mole rats, Dragon*Con and Doctor Who.

We're not conspiracy theorists, moon landing deniers, climate change deniers, or 9-11 Truthers. If you're looking for that sort of stuff in this group, you'll probably be disappointed.

We're also not a singles group. OK, sure, a lot of us are single and we do get together to socialize but dating isn't the primary function of the group. Creepy / aggressive / stalkery behavior is frowned upon and will probably get you booted from the group. Be polite and show respect.

Although we're mostly agnostic/atheist/secular we are not, strictly speaking, an atheist group.

Likewise, we're probably a bit left-leaning politically but the group as a whole doesn't endorse one particular party.

And yes, we tend toward the nerdy/geeky side but it isn't a requirement.

Upcoming events (5+)

June 2019 Skeptics in the Pub / Apex: Implicit bias

Southern Peak Brewery

We all harbor implicit biases, ingrained by the societies in which we live and develop. The featured speaker for this meeting is a person with implicit biases: you! As a potentially eye-opening experiment, we suggest taking, ahead of time, one of the implicit associations tests (IATs) offered at Project Implicit (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html). Whichever test you choose, you're likely to learn some surprising things about your mind. Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00: Meet and greet 7:00 - 8:00: Focused discussion of our respective IAT results 8:00 - until: Magic trick presentation and general discussion Bring a friend and help us celebrate critical thinking under the internationally popular Skeptics in the Pub format! Come with an open but critical mind, awareness (especially this time!) of your own biases, and respect for your fellow humans. The venue sells great beer, wine, kombucha, and soda, and will provide table service in the event room. Food truck Kat-N-Around (http://katnaround.com/) will be on site to feed the crowd. Everybody will go home with a highly collectible SitP beermat! Please note: — The venue will apply an automatic 20% gratuity to all checks. — Supervised kids are welcome, as are good dogs on leashes. — Parking is free but limited. Free expansion parking is available nearby.

Mind Games Trivia at Buffalo Brothers

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Come join us for trivia; win or lose, we always have fun! All Skeptics of high school age or older are invited to come be part of the team. The competition starts at 7:00 but most people will arrive closer to 6:30 to eat and/or socialize before the game. We need to make a reservation with the restaurant for a specific number of people. Please do not come to the event unless you have signed up in advance. If you sign up and your plans change, please update your RSVP accordingly. RSVP's will close at 11 AM after we reserve our table. If you realize after 11 that you are not able to make it, please leave a comment. Thank you for your consideration!

Skeptics in the Pub - An evening with Brian Dunning

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh

An evening with Brian Dunning [Note the one-time change of location from our usual fourth-Wednesday meetups] Join us for an evening of critical thinking and friendly conversation featuring a live video appearance by skeptical author, podcaster, and filmmaker Brian Dunning! Brian hosts the hit podcast Skeptoid (https://skeptoid.com) and has produced the films _Here Be Dragons_ and _Principles of Curiosity_. His current crowd-funded feature film project, Science Friction (https://sciencefriction.tv), exposes the popular media's deliberate misrepresentation of scientists' thinking about pseudoscience, pseudohistory, and the paranormal. Agenda: 7-8 pm, assemble, general business and an activity 8-9 pm, Brian Dunning Q&A 9 pm, End (nominal) The podcast and all the movies listed above are produced by Brian through his non-profit public charity, Skeptoid Media. We are hoping to return Brian’s kindness in joining us by making a donation to his organization. This will be completely voluntary. To learn more about Skeptoid Media, take a look at their website: https://skeptoid.org.

Trivia at Buffalo Brothers - *NEW FORMAT*

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Come join us for trivia; win or lose, we always have fun! All Skeptics of high school age or older are invited to come be part of the team. The competition starts at 7:00 but most people will arrive closer to 6:30 to eat and/or socialize before the game. We need to make a reservation with the restaurant for a specific number of people. Please do not come to the event unless you have signed up in advance. If you sign up and your plans change, please update your RSVP accordingly. RSVP's will close at 11 AM after we reserve our table. If you realize after 11 that you are not able to make it, please leave a comment. Thank you for your consideration!

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