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July 2019

Jul
9

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, July 9 @ 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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Jul
10

CFI WNY Potluck Dinner Party July 2019

Wednesday, July 10 @ 6:30 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. For more information contact John Barrett on Meetup, wnycoordinator@centerforinquiry.net, or call 716-238-3821.

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Jul
12

The Worst Drinking Skeptically Meeting

Friday, July 12 @ 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:  Who is the worst:…

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Jul
16

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, July 16 @ 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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Jul
19

“Machines Learning Values,” a lecture by Dr. Steve Petersen

Friday, July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States
$5

Is it possible for humans to create a superintelligence—an artificial intelligence with a godlike ability to achieve its goals—that can learn human values? Dr. Steve Petersen will explore this question, particularly the three philosophical puzzles that come out of the value learning approach to AI. First, it is unclear how any intelligent system could learn its final values, since to judge one supposedly “final” value against another seems to require a further background standard for judging. Second, it is unclear…

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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 …