Reasonable New York

Serving the reason-based community in NYC

Featured Meetup!

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.

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New York City Skeptics promotes critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and science education in the New York City metropolitan area. Our activities include co-sponsoring the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS), hosting a bi-monthly Public Lecture Series, and sponsoring the New York City chapters of Drinking Skeptically and SkeptiCamp. Continue reading

Annual Winter Solstice Party


Ethical Humanist Award

The New York Society for Ethical Culture presents the Ethical Humanist Award to Planned Parenthood: Still fighting for women’s rights after 100 years!website image small

Sign up and buy tickets here.

The Ethical Humanist Award, established in 1970, is the Society’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications. This is the first time the Award is being given to an organization, marking the moral courage and tenacity of so many who have worked for women’s rights.

7:00pm – Award Presentation Film and Panel discussion with prominent leaders in the field:

“The Politicizing of Women’s Health and Sexuality: What we can we do about it.” OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Accepting on behalf of Planned Parenthood will be Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President & Chief Experience Officer.

– Auditorum, FREE

8:30pm – Cocktail Reception – Social Hall, $25 to Ethical NY Members, $35 to Guests catered by the Fortune Society‘s “Culinary Team for Healthy Foods”

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!

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“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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