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September 2019


CFI WNY Potluck Dinner Party

Wednesday, September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

The CFI Potlucks always provide fun times and good food! They are excellent opportunities to meet other skeptics and humanists in the local community and discuss current issues in a casual setting. Bring a dish to pass or your favorite beverage. This months Potluck will start early (6PM instead of 630) and be followed by Roy Zimmerman's RiZe Up performance at 730PM. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and…

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Amherst – RiZe Up

Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

Join the local CFI community for this great evening of community and entertainment. Following our regularly scheduled potluck dinner at 6PM CFI is hosting Roy Zimmerman’s entertaining blend of heart and hilarity. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. It’s laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both. "Creation Science 101" Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos…

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Drinking Skeptically Meeting

Friday, September 13 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Rohall’s Corner, 540 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207 US

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical thinkers, and other like-minded individuals. It provides an opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality. We start each event with a kick-off topic to get the conversation rolling, and then discuss whatever else is on our minds. This Month:  Assassination and sudden death…

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Café Inquiry (North) discussion group

Monday, September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tim Horton’s, 748 Niagara Falls Blvd North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (corner of N.F. Blvd. & Erie Ave.
North Tonawanda, NY 14120 US

Café Inquiry is a discussion group for those who love critical inquiry and friendly debates! Come join us to talk about religion, atheism, skepticism, culture, society, politics, and more. To find us look for our Cafe Inquiry table sign. The group currently meets three times a month, on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mondays, Due to the Labor Day Holiday September 2019 Café will meet on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Mondays with three rotating locations. The schedule is as…

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SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

SOS is a secular recovery group dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. All those who seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS group. For more information contact Eric Chinchon at 716-636-4869 ext. 318 or echinchon@centerforinquiry.net. http://sos-nys.org/

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April Wrap-Up: Witches and Earth Day

May 6, 2019

Phil Stephens joined us for the second in his series of two lectures on magical thinking and witchcraft in anthropology. Both talks were well-attended, and drew lively Q&A discussions with the audience. As usual, members met up at coffee shops throughout the month of April for Cafe Inquiry discussion events at various locations. (Cafe Inquiry …

March Wrap-Up: Magical Thinking

April 2, 2019

Retired UB anthropology professor Phillips Stevens was our speaker for March and April. On March 29, he gave a lecture titled “Magical Thinking: Inherently Human” to an audience of about 70 people. We were glad to welcome our neighbors from the Atheist Community of Rochester to the center, and enjoyed having drinks and snacks with …

February Wrap-Up: Evolution for Educators

March 18, 2019

Bertha Vazquez, Director of CFI’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), generously agreed to travel to Buffalo from Florida (in March!) to give a teaching workshop and lecture at headquarters. Bertha’s talk coincided with CFI WNY’s celebration of Darwin Day, an annual recognition of Darwin’s birthday on February 12, 2019. You can view Bertha’s entire …