Skeptics' Peña

What's a "peña?" In South America, the term refers to a gathering of like-minded people who get together to talk about some topic with the aid of finger food and wine and spirits (of the alcoholic variety). It's like a salon, but for regular folks.

We will gather to ponder the world, one topic at a time. We will examine debates without debating, exploring our convictions –or lack thereof– and the reasons we have to have them –or to not have them. We will do so in relaxed, friendly setting, keeping in mind what Bertrand Russell is said to have said about beliefs: "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." Or, if you prefer, what The Dude said about opinions: "Yeah? Well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

Feel free to bring food and beverages of your liking.

The plan is to meet the Wednesday after the Assembly each month, with a new topic.

This month's topic:

Is there anything new under the secular sun?: Bertrand Russell's 'Why I Am Not a Christian,' 89 years later." We will consider this influential talk –delivered on March 6, 1927, under the auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society– in the light of 21st Century skepticism. Have we learned anything new, or do we continue to frame our skepticism the way Russell did 89 years ago? The essay is written in a clear and conversational style, and it's a pleasure to read. Or you can listen to it on Youtube. You are not required to read –or listen to– it to participate. I'll print a few quotes we can share and discuss during the Peña.

Because of limited space at my place, we have to limit the attendance to 10, so please only RSVP if you plan to plan to make it, or cancel if you won't be able to in order to open a spot up for someone else.

October 12, 2016 at 7pm - 10pm
Wilmer's Abode
3332 Mentone Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States
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Wilmer Rojas Buendia · · 310-500-8715

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  • commented 2016-10-12 15:26:13 -0700
    The secular arguments have not changed much, IMO. But interestingly there has been much evolution in religious thinking, especially in the vanguard of Christianity, which is somewhat little-known next to the dominance of conservative evangelicalism in the US. I respect my progressive Christian friends and appreciate aspects of what they’re trying to do, even if I ultimately land with Russell. Mostly. Check out this intro to Progressive Christianity:
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