When: Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30PM
Where:New York Society For Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street (At Central Park West)
Admission: NYSEC Members: $30 Guests:$60 (all four sessions)
All four Wednesdays in July!
“Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief.” So begins historian and poet Hecht’s book on the great doubters and their legacy of innovation. Join her for an exploration of this enduring concept. Continue reading
Join us at NECSS 2016
This year our keynote address will be given by Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology Richard Wiseman! He will be joined by world-renowned science communicator Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” the full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogues,” and over two-dozen other speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders for 2016’s best celebration of science and skepticism. Additional speakers include:
- Returning emcee Jamy Ian Swiss
- The full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogue’s Gallery”
- Physicist Neer Asherie
- Physicist Deborah Brebichez
- Author Maria Konnikova
- Criminal Justice professor Shari Berkowitz
- Opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn
- “SciBabe” Yvette d’Entremont
- Host of “Rationally Speaking” Julia Galef
- Climate scientist Michael Mann
- From the Society for Science-Based Medicine: Jann Bellamy, Scott Gavura,Harriet Hall, Saul Hymes, Clay Jones, Steve Novella, Grant Ritchey
The full NECSS speaker lineup is available here, and stay tuned for future speaker announcements — we’re not done yet!
Book now to guarantee your place!
SUNDAY, MAY 1, NOON: SHSNY’s 9th Annual DAY OF REASON BRUNCH
PETE’S TAVERN, 129 East 18 Street
Our speaker will be: DAVID ORENSTEIN (The Paleolibrarian)
“Godless Grace: How Non-Believers are Making the World Safer, Richer and Kinder”
Can we be good without god? According to their new book, Godless Grace: How Non-Believers are Making the World Safer, Richer and Kinder, not only do authors David Orenstein and Linda Ford Blaikie show through example that we can act morally and ethically without god belief, but with interviews of humanist boots-on-the-ground non-believer activists.
David’s fast-paced PowerPoint presentation will also discuss the history of skepticism and the current political battles the freethought movement is waging to ensure all secularists have the legal right to be free of god belief.
Brunch is just $20 …
… for your choice of 11 entrees, tax, tips and a drink included.
Join up to 50 of your fellow and sororal freethinkers for one of SHSNY’s best annual get-togethers. Meet old friends, make new ones, schmooze, network and discuss ideas (what we do best).
But don’t wait. Our upstairs private room at Pete’s only seats 50. So guarantee your place by booking now, at http://www.shsny.org, using your credit card or PayPal.
When: Friday, February 12 7:00pm
Where: Byblos Restaurant 80 Madison Avenue
Confirm your place at our celebration of Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday — and the 28th Anniversary of the founding of SHSNY — along with 60 or more of your fellow freethinkers at top-rated Byblos in midtown.
The highlight of the evening will be a brand-new performance by our own Richard Milner.
“Darwin, Wallace, and Other Voices in My Head”
Wednesday, January 13
Baruch Performing Arts Center
17 Lexington Avenue, Room 306
Join Maria Konnikova, the New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind, in a compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again
While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.
This year to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Reasonable New York has partnered with Raymond Arnold and his Brighter Than Today Secular Solstice event taking place on Saturday December 19th at the New York Society For Ethical Culture.
Reasonable New York will host a reception that will start at 5:30PM and continue until 10:30PM. Participants can hang out at the reception where we will have wine and snacks. Donations welcome to cover costs!
“The Solstice singalong concert will take place in the auditorium. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.humanistculture.com“. Tickets will also be available at the reception.
During the reception, members of Reasonable New York will be available to say hello and talk about their organizations. Spend some time with us, and I encourage you to attend the event upstairs as well. I have heard it was just great last year!
Once you have a ticket, feel free to go back and forth throughout the evening.
A Discussion with Matthieu Ricard and Jeffrey Sachs
October 27 7:30PM
New York Society For Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street
How can we balance economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability? And how can we build social trust and faith in government, to ensure that human and planetary
well-being are at the center of our global politics and policy choices? Continue reading
October 11 at 12:00PM
Pete’s Tavern 129 West 18th Street
Massimo Pigliucci is a Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, editor in chief of the online magazine Scientia Salon, prolific author, and Honorary Member of SHSNY who has lately turned his attention to the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy of ethics and resilience that is Stoicism. Continue reading