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Center for Inquiry – Transnational

1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

March 2019

Mar
29

“Magical Thinking: Inherently Human,” a lecture by Dr. Phil Stevens

Friday, March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States
$5

Dr. Phillips Stevens will be speaking at CFI on March 29. Magic is one of the most loaded terms in the English language. In anthropology, it means a system of beliefs in mystical causation (popularly called, unfortunately, “superstition”), which operates according to some or all of six fundamental principles. Ethnology shows that these principles are absolutely universal in human thinking. Dr. Stevens argues that they are rooted in human evolutionary biology; therefore magical thinking is natural. A first job of…

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Mar
31

Secular Sunday – Coffee & Conversation

Sunday, March 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

Join us for Secular Sunday! As humanists, we believe that social interaction is essential for human happiness. Secular Sunday is a monthly event for secular and non-religious families and individuals to network and build a sense of community in a setting that does not require a belief in the supernatural. This is a family-friendly event where children are welcomed and engaged. (Please note, parents are responsible for attending with their children.) Secular Sunday generally meets on the last Sunday of every month. Questions? Text/Call John Barrett at 716-238-3821 or…

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April 2019

Apr
5

“Classical Witchcraft: Inherently Human,” a lecture by Dr. Phil Stevens

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

Dr. Phillips Stevens will be speaking at CFI on March 29. Witchcraft is (like magic) a semantically loaded word. The many meanings will be reviewed, and it will be emphasized that we are not talking about Wicca or other modern pagan religions. In anthropology the term means a system of beliefs in a set of powers vested in certain people, which enables them to do many fantastic and terrible things. The classical witch is an evil, imaginary being who operates…

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May 2019

May
15

Secular Book Club

Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

By popular vote our Spring selection is "Sabrina" by Nick Drnaso. Join us Wednesday May 15th at 7PM at CFI for another lively Secular Book Club discussion. ABOUT THE BOOK The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s Beverly, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely…

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July 2019

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

Dr. Steve Petersen, philosophy professor at Niagara University, will speak at CFI on July 19. 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…

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