Skeptics in the Pub – First Thursdays in Philly


Skeptics In The Pub is held in various forms around the globe, and we started a local chapter. It’s a chance for like-minded people to get together for drinks, discuss things skeptic-related in a friendly, informal setting, and meet others who may or may not share opinions, but are interested in the topics. Join us for some literally spirited discussions! Here’s our Facebook group. Join us, and invite your friends! We plan to have guest speakers for future events, ranging from academics to comedians, making this a Nerd Nite for skeptics, and so we welcome any ideas or suggestions. We’re also looking for people who would like to help out or contribute to the effort in some way. If you are able and willing, email us.

This month’s event, Thursday December 5th, from 7pm-10pm, we’re starting a skeptic book club, and selecting our first official book to read. The list below is made up of classics, must-reads, and some of the newest books out there. We’ll be reading one every 2 months. To determine the order, we will take a vote. Everyone who attends will get a chance to vote by assigning a number to each book, signifying the order you would like to read them. We’ll add up the numbers and create a master list from that, setting us up with about 2 years of brain nourishment! Here they are, in no particular order:

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
by Michael Shermer

The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle In The Dark
by Carl Sagan

Flim-Flam: ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions
by James Randi

Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
by Dr. Paul A. Offit

Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax”
by Philip C. Plait

Think: Why You Should Question Everything
by Guy P. Harrison

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
by Steven Pinker

Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think
by Stephen Kosslyn & G. Wayne Miller

Unweaving The Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and The Appetite for Wonder
by Richard Dawkins

Breaking The Spell: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon
by Dan Dennett

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
by Sam Harris

Free Will
by Sam Harris

A Social History of Skepticism: Experience and Doubt in Early Modern Culture
by Brendan Dooley

The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
by Robert Todd Carroll

Essays In Skepticism
by Bertrand Russell

A Manual for Creating Atheists
by Peter Boghossian

Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind
by Brian Clegg

Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters
by Matt Kaplan

The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Khow Has an Expiration Date
by Samuel Arbesman

Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own
by David Toomey

Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
by Alex Berezow & Hank Campbell



Frankford Hall is located at 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

With its great selection of beer, simple food menu, central location, cozy atmosphere, and cafeteria-style seating makes it the perfect place to hold this meeting. Street parking usually available. Get there a bit early for the happy hour prices.