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Michael Shermer

THE MORAL ARC: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom

When: Tuesday January 20, 2014 @ 7PM

Where: NYU Dental School, 345 E. 24th St. at the corner of 1st. Av. Nagle Auditorium, 6th floor.

General Admission: $15; NYC Skeptics members: $5. Bitcoin accepted. REGISTER NOW!

Bestselling author Michael Shermer demonstrates how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism—scientific ways of thinking—have made people, and society as a whole, more moral.

Shermer describes an ever-expanding “moral sphere,” in which more members of our species (and now even other species) are seen as legitimate participants in the moral community. Over time, we no longer only consider the well-being of ourselves, our family, extended family, and local community; rather, our consideration now extends to people quite unlike ourselves, with whom we gladly trade goods and ideas and exchange sentiments and genes rather than beating, enslaving, or killing them.

Touching on religion, human rights, feminism, the legal system, gay rights, and even animal rights, Shermer leaves no stone unturned to show how science has fostered and will continue to foster morality in every aspect of modern life.

Michael Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and eight other books on the history and evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He lives in Southern California.

There will be a social gathering after the event. Time and location TBD.


December Discussion Dinner: “Should we tell children there is no Santa Claus?”

Join us for this month's discussion on whether we should tell children there is no Santa Claus with Guest Moderator Peter Meiland, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist) 

The Santa Claus myth is a myth, but it is a harmless one.  Kids need a Santa Claus.  It might help them.  There are many other forms of lying to kids that are harmful.  And remember, sometimes the truth is harmful.  It depends on the context.  Finally, children don’t graduate from mythical thinking to clear and rational belief systems, they cling to fantasy-based ways of experiencing their lives.  Therefore, adults also cling to the fantasies and myths of their own lives, and no amount of truth and realism will change this very much.  Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not. More on this here... 

For more inforemation and to register please visit our Meetup page. If you are not a Meetup member and do not want to join, please email us at


Save the Date for NECSS 2015

NECSS 2015 - April 9-12

Fashion Institute of Technology

 New York City

Sponsored by NYC Skeptics, the New Englad Skeptical Society, & the Society for Science-Based medicine


The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will be bigger than ever in 2015 with fabulous presenters, exciting panels, and engaging workshops.

We're thrilled to announce that NECSS 2015 will be co-sponsored by the Society for Science-Based Medicine and will expand to include a third full-day of programming! Friday's schedule will be curated by the team at SfSBM and feature content available exclusively at NECSS 2015. Saturday and Sunday schedules will once again feature the best of science and skepticism.

NECSS weekend also includes a special evening performance on Friday, two workshop tracks on Thursday for the early-birds, our popular "Drinking Skeptically" socializers, and more! 

The full NECSS speaker line up will be announced shortly, but, as always, Rationally Speakingand the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe will record live podcasts during the conference.

We have secured discounted room rates at the Hilton Fashion District, located one block from the main conference hall. These rates are available exclusively to NECSS attendees and we will be available shortly.

Conference registration will open in December, but you can like the NECSS Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for updates. 

See you in April!

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