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March 2018

Non-Fiction Book Discussion: You’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric Liu

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Cafe Express, 3418 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 73301

• What we'll doYou’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric LiuIs this the America you want? If not, here's how to claim the power to change your country.We are in an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. From the election of Donald Trump to the upending of the major political parties to the spread of grassroots movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, people across the country and across the political…

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April 2018

Chips&Chat: A Moveable Feast at Santa Rita

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Santa Rita Cantina, 26 Doors Shopping Center, 1206 West 38th St.
Austin, TX 78756 US

Join fellow freethinkers on the first Monday each month as we solve the world's problems and fill our hunger for good food and good conversation. Venues are selected from those suggested by members: send a suggestion for a restaurant you would like to include. The key considerations include good food (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) at reasonable prices; separate checks; either a separate area/room or a somewhat quiet location conducive to conversation.

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Drinking Rationally at Mr Tramps (on Research)

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Mr. Tramps, 8565 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78758 US

Come join us to eat, drink, and solve the world's problems. There is limited parking available. It's okay to park in the Target parking lot, but make sure to read the signs for other businesses that don't want you to park in their space. Menu: https://mistertramps.com/menu/

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Discussion: Race in Science and Society

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr
Austin, TX 78731 US

This is less than a fourth of the article. Message Steve B via Meetup with your email address to get the full version of this article from the March 24, 2018 NYT.How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’By David ReichIn 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of…

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Food For Thought: Giordano Bruno, Galileo and the Moving Earth

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Trinity Church of Austin, 4001 Speedway
Austin, US

Al Martinez from the UT Austin Dept. of History will present:Giordano Bruno, Galileo and the Moving Earth Abstract: Several prominent early Copernicans believed that Earth is animated by a soul. I'll show that this belief had been denounced as a heresy by Christian authorities since antiquity, including Church Councils and treatises on heresies. Yet in the Renaissance it was defended by Giordano Bruno, William Gilbert, Kepler, and by Galileo's advocate, Tommaso Campanella. The Earth moved because of its soul. This…

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