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February 2019


Food For Thought: “Testing Medical Tests” by Dr. Zain Hakeem

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Trinity Church of Austin, 4001 Speedway
Austin, US

Testing Medical Tests by Dr. Zain Hakeem in his own words: "Medical testing is a subset of my favorite problem in medicine, cognitive bias and diagnostic error, using a probabilistic approach to enhance medical intuition. And interestingly, I think it works really well as an analogy for all kinds of decision-making, science, belief formation, etc. It's (in my opinion) a really rich and interesting area that is relatively poorly understood because the mathematical results are sometimes counter intuitive."

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Non-fiction book group: The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Freethought Library, 1507 W. Koenig Ln
Austin, tx 78756 US

The Curse of Bigness: Anti-trust in the New Gilded Age by Tim WuIn this short but persuasive book, Wu (The Attention Merchants), a Columbia law professor, connects the current political climate to a decline in antitrust enforcement. From the rise of U.S. Steel and Standard Oil through the “trust-busting” days of Teddy Roosevelt, Wu shows how antitrust laws, as championed by Louis Brandeis (who coined the term “the curse of bigness”), once functioned as a check on private power. In…

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Discussion Group: What Is Socialism … and What’s Wrong/Right With It?

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr
Austin, TX 78731 US

Discuss important topics of the day

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March 2019


Moveable Feast at Azul Tequila (south)

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Azul Tequila, 4211 S Lamar Blvd A2
Austin, TX 78704 US

Join us for dinner in south Austin. They serve interior Mexican cuisine in addition to Tex-Mex entrees.Link to menu: http://www.azultequila.com/

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Hot Science Cool Talks: From Silent Spring to Silent Night

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Univ. of Texas campus, Austin
Austin, tx 73301 US

You can register at ESI web page 3 weeks prior to talk: http://www.esi.utexas.edu/talk/silent-spring-ii/ From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men 62 years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book, “Silent Spring”, we still face major impacts on our environment and our health from pesticides. Join us as one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of agricultural chemicals on hormones, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, shares his research and unique experience as an investigative scientist.…

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