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From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World

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!

Moderator: Jennifer Michael Hecht, authorpjimage (1)

“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

RNY Summer Solstice Party!

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Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism

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:

The full NECSS speaker lineup is available here, and stay tuned for future speaker announcements — we’re not done yet!

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Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award

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SHSNY Day of Reason Brunch – “Godless Grace”

Book now to guarantee your place!


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, using your credit card or PayPal.

SHSNY 8th Annual Darwin Day Celebration

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”Milner

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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.

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Reasonable New York Winter Solstice Celebration

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“. 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.


Altruism, Ethics, and the Global Economy: A Discussion with Matthieu Ricard and Jeffrey Sachs

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 bjeffreymatthieusmallalance economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability? And how can we build social trust and faith in government, to ensure that human and planetary
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SHSNY Freethought Day Brunch! Massimo Pigliucci! “Stoicism Today!”


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