Reasonable New York

Serving the reason-based community in NYC

SHSNY’s 9th Annual Freethought Day Brunch

When: Sunday October 8

Where: Pete’s Tavern, 129 East 18th Street, New York, NY

constitution-674750707-589d3d975f9b58819cd07964With speaker Jonathan Engel on “Separation of Church & State Isn’t in the Constitution” … and Other American Myths A nationally-recognized First Amendment authority, Jon’s 2013 Freethought Day presentation for us, “The History of Church/State Separation in America”, was an insightful and witty knockout.

Now, here’s a peek into his current thinking:
I’m concentrating on what I consider to be three current myths about separation: that it “isn’t in the constitution”, that “the 10 Commandments are the basis for our laws”, and that “while government can’t favor any one religion over another, it can favor religion over non-religion”.

Join us! Brunch is $25 
… for the best brunch bargain in New York, with your choice of 11 excellent entrees, one drink (Bloody Mary, Mimosa, etc.) and coffee or tea, and including all taxes and tips.
Pre-pay now at 
… to reserve your place, because the room at Pete’s only seats 48 – don’t get shut out. Questions? email … or call 646-922-7389, and leave a call-back number.


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Sep 11: Stoic School of LIfe: The role ethics of Epictetus



The Stoic School of Life is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) to the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome. Blog

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Book Launch Party: Robyn DeLuca’s The Hormone Myth

Wednesday, August 2

The Brooklyn Commons

388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Come celebrate the launch of Dr. DeLuca’s new book, The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics and Lies About PMS Keep Women Down (on pre-sale at Amazon at


Join us at the Cafe at the Brooklyn Commons for a brief reading from the book followed by schmoozing with the author. 100% of the profits from book sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Global. Drinks and snacks will be served!

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July 26: SHSNY: Great Lectures On DVD: James Randi


The Secular Humanist Society of New York (SHSNY) is a leader in the NYC area freethought community:

Okay, you’re an atheist/agnostic – now what? Secular humanism is a philosophy of life guided by reason and science, free from religious and secular dogmas, promoting human happiness, freedom and understanding on this earth, in this life.


For this meeting:

A Science Symposium: Bill Nye & James Randi – Part 2 – Randi James “The Amazing” Randi regales with stories from his forthcoming book. A Magician in the Laboratory, while explaining how to test paranormal claims, including the claims of the many challengers who have tried to win his foundation’s million-dollar challenge.
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June 20: FFNY- The Hormone MythRobyn

FFNY is a welcoming home to explore women’s issues and the role of women in the secular and humanist community, as well as host to social activities that encourage a supportive and vibrant community. We will also find ways to support local and national initiatives tackling gender equality and women’s rights.

Tonight we will be hearing from Robyn Deluca.  We will screen her TED talk which was an early taste of her upcoming book “The Hormone Myth”. Robyn is a co-organizer of FFNY and we are very excited about her book release on  August 1. She will tell you a little more about the book and then we will open it for discussion on the various themes she writes about. Continue reading

NECSS 2017 – Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism

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We are excited to be spotlighting our new monthly showcase!  We will be featuring a regular event for one of our member groups each month. We encourage those who have not attended to do so and meet some of the people from that organization. Generally these will be either social gatherings or discussion groups.

May 5: Ethical – Ethics in Film

“Ethical” is a welcoming home for humanists. They have provided non-theistic services in a congregational setting since 1876. Join them in celebrating life’s joys, supporting one another through life’s crises, and working together to make the world a better place. They offer lectures, films, discussion groups, music, and much, much more. Visit
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De Dora


at PETE’S TAVERN 129 East 18 Street

Our speaker will be: MICHAEL DE DORA

“From D.C. to Geneva:  Secular Humanist Advocacy Around the World”


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Book Launch Party- How to Be a Stoic


Where: Paulaner 265 Bowery

When: May 9 at 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Come celebrate the launch of Massimo’s new book, How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (on pre-sale at Amazon, both hard cover and e-version)!

Join us at Paulaner, in the Bowery, for a brief presentation of the book followed by q&a with the author. Then hang around chatting with others interested in philosophy. Good food and excellent drinks for purchase!
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