Past Events Archive 2008

Past Events Archive 2008 to current

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Annual Winter Brunch, to be hosted by CFI-LI coordinator Gerry Dantone and Rosemary Dantone.

Every year the hungriest CFI Community of LI friends get together on the weekend before the Super Bowl and enjoy good company and good food. Instead of a local restaurant, this year's event will take place at the home of CFI Community of LI coordinator Gerry Dantone. This homemade brunch will be an even better opportunity for meeting fellow CFI Community of LI community members and will additionally be a fundraising event. The event will be only $15 for CFI Community of LI supporters with teens to 17 and admitted for only $7 and children under 13 free! Add $5 per person if you are not a current CFI Community of LI supporter.  Muffins and breakfast pastries will be served along with eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage and lots of coffee and tea!  You are encoruaged to bring your own brunch goodies as well to share with everyone!

Special guests: Derek Araujo, Executive Director of CFI-NYC and Austin Dacey, CFI representative to the UN.

Don't miss this fun event which also serves to help fund the great local CFI Community of Long Island programming!
Please send your payments in advance to CFI Community of LI, PO Box 119, Greenlawn, NY  11740.  You can also RSVP to 516 640 5491 or LISecHum@aol.com .

TUESDAY, February 5, 2008
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "The Monkey in the Mirror," by Ian Tattersall.   Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@verizon.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, February 7, 7:00 pm
The Philosophy Group
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.  Led by Dr. Phil Pecorino, the group will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month;  for info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB .  Always free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, February 12, 2008
SUNY @ Stony Brook's Annual Darwin Day Celebration!
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008, Special guest lecture @ 7:30PM; various events all day!
Location: SUNY @ Stony Brook
Directions: By Car: From New York City, take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left.
By Train: Take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Penn Station in Manhattan to Stony Brook. The LIRR station is at the north end of the campus; bus service to the central campus is provided. Trains to and from Penn generally require transfers at Jamaica or Huntington. Hicksville is also a transfer point on some lines.

Exhibit and Information Table
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11:30AM-7:30PM
Location: SAC Lobby
Visit the exhibit, pick up literature and ask questions about evolution. 

Films and Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Location: Students Activity Center Ballroom B
"Extinction!", 11:30AM - 1:00PM, discussion with Rocio Ng
"What about God?", 1:00PM - 2:30PM, discussion with Toni Lynn Morelli
"Why Sex?", 2:30PM - 4:00PM, discussion with Joe Lachance
"The Evolutionary Arms Race", 4:00PM - 5:30PM, discussion with Josh Banta 

Lecture by special guest speaker, Dr. David Sloan Wilson, Professor, Departments of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University
"Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives"
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30PM
Location: Student Activities Center
Special thanks to Dr. Massimo Pigliucci for arranging this event.  Free and open to the public!

WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2008 @ 7:30PM
SUNY @ Stony Brook's Annual Darwin Day Celebration!
Location: SUNY @ Stony Brook
Directions: By Car: From New York City, take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left.
By Train: Take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Penn Station in Manhattan to Stony Brook. The LIRR station is at the north end of the campus; bus service to the central campus is provided. Trains to and from Penn generally require transfers at Jamaica or Huntington. Hicksville is also a transfer point on some lines.

Lecture by special guest speaker, Dr. David Sloan Wilson, Professor, Departments of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University
"If the theorists can't agree: A conversation among theoretical biologists about multilevel selection"
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 3:30PM
Location: Life Sciences Building 038
Special thanks to Dr. Massimo Pigliucci for arranging this event.  Free and open to the public!

SATURDAY, February 23, 2008
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 109 Brown's Road, Huntington, Suffolk County, NY (map)
Our Annual Darwin Day Celebration!


Our featured guest speakers: Professor Elof Carlson, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Carter Bancroft, Professor of Structural and Chemical Biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Patricia Wright, Department of Ecology & Evolution, SUNY @ Stony Brook, and Gerry Dantone, Coordinator, CFI Community of Long Island.

Elof Axel Carlson will speak on his forthcoming book, " Neither Gods nor Beasts: How Science Is Changing Who We Think We Are ."  Carlson argues that we rely on an outdated and inadequate view of human nature derived mostly two to three thousand years ago.  We live in a science-saturated millennium and need a view of humanity based on science which will increase our understanding, provide more control over our fates, and lead to a better care of ourselves, our fellow humans, and the world in which we live.

Dr. Carlson is a geneticist, historian of science, and writer.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Harbison Award (from the Danforth Foundation) for gifted teaching, and the first recipient of the State-wide title of Distinguished Teaching Professor at Stony Brook University.  "Neither Gods nor Beasts: How Science Is Changing Who We Think We Are" will be out in May 2008 from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.  He is presently finishing a book on Agent Orange.

Evolution is the key concept underlying everything we presently understand about the biology of organisms, including us humans.   Dr. Carter Bancroft will argue that is, to him and other biologists, as ridiculous and insulting as rejection of the law of gravity or of conservation of energy would be to him and other physicists.  Dr. Bancroft is a Professor of Structural and Chemical Biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.  He has an M.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from The University of California in Berkeley. "Disbelief in Evolution"

Dr. Patricia Wright will talk about "Evolution in the fast lane: What would Darwin say about Climate Change?"  Dr. Wright is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  In addition, Dr. Wright has served as the Executive Director for the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) since 1992 and as the International Coordinator for the Ranomafana National Park Project (RNPP) in Madagascar since 1987.  In 1989, she became a MacArthur Fellow awarded from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and she was awarded the "Chevalier d'Ordre National" (National Medal of Honor of Madagascar) from the President of Madagascar in 1995.  Dr. Wright's life has been highlighted in a feature film directed by Michael Apted, "Me and Isaac Newton."

Gerry Dantone will speak about "Why We Honor Darwin" and the importance of good science and why we should care about the quality of the science being promoted to the public.  Gerry Dantone founded Long Island Secular Humanists (LISH) in 1998, which later merged with the Center for Inquiry Metro NY in 2004.  Today, Long Island's largest organization for skeptics, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and humanists is known as the Center for Inquiry Community of Long Island.
Listen and discuss why Darwin, Natural Selection, Evolution and Good Science matters in our modern world!   Free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, March 4, 7p.m.
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "The Conservative Soul ," by Andrew Sullivan.    Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@verizon.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, March 11 th at 7:00 pm
Location: Call or email to RSVP and get directions!
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

FRIDAY, March 14 th at 7:00 pm
Location: Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, New York, NY
The Center for Inquiry is pleased to announce a series of upcoming campus events featuring Richard Dawkins , renowned scientist and public intellectual, discussing The God Delusion and the state of science education.  These appearances are hosted and organized by various local and national organizations.  All events are free, but tickets and pre-registration are required at many of the venues.  For more info call CFI-NYC @ (212) 504-2945.

SATURDAY, March 15th at 7:00 pm
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street @ Central Park West, New York, NY The Center for Inquiry is pleased to announce a series of upcoming campus events featuring Richard Dawkins , renowned scientist and public intellectual, discussing The God Delusion and the state of science education.  These appearances are hosted and organized by various local and national organizations.  All events are free, but tickets and pre-registration are required at many of the venues.  Tickets are first-come, first serve at the event.  For more info call CFI-NYC @ (212) 504-2945.

MONDAY, March 17th at 7:00 pm
Location: Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY
Please join Dr. Austin Dacey, the Center for Inquiry's representative to the UN, as he discusses his new book, "The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life."  See http://www.secularconscience.com   Here's what people are saying about it:

"a dazzling display of erudition" - Publishers Weekly
"an extraordinarily useful and lucid book." - Sam Harris
"sorely needed at a time when both the religious right and the religious left claim there can be no public morality without religion." - Susan Jacoby
Join host and CFI Community of Long Island coordinator, Gerry Dantone at the Book Revue.

FRIDAY, March 21, 2008 @ 7 PM
Location: The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY, and hear Dr. Peter J. Brancazio speak about his book, "The Bible From Cover to Cover," and specifically on the topic for the evening, "The Gospel Truth: What Really Happened on Good Friday."

Peter J. Brancazio has had a long and distinguished career as an educator, researcher, writer and scholar.  He received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from NYU and joined the Physics Department at Brooklyn College.  During his 35 years at Brooklyn College he won recognition as a gifted, innovative and popular teacher.  In 1990 he was chosen by Newsday as one of six "Great Teachers in New York."

In 1992 he took up a new area of scholarly study - namely, the relationship between science and religion.  He has been teaching related courses at local colleges for the past nine years.  During this time he has led several groups of retired professionals through an in-depth reading of every book of the Bible.  "The Bible From Cover to Cover" represents his effort to put the content of these courses into writing.

What do scholars have to say about "what really happened on Good Friday"?  Join us this evening and find out!

TUESDAY, April 1, 2008 @ 7PM
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism, " by Naomi Klein Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@verizon.net for info.

Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, April 3, 2008 @ 7PM
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.
TOPIC: What Use is Philosophy?  What is Philosophy?  Is it any good at all?
 I  expect that we will spend the 2 hours we have exploring the meanings and assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions.
READINGS: (as much or as little as you can handle of these 8 items )
1. Wikipedia   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_basic_philosophy_topics

 34.  A chapter on the problem from the text of  Philip A. Pecorino:
http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB/ETEXTS/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%2012Conclusion/CONTENTS.htm
Enjoy the readings!     We look forward to the conversation and the dialogue.  For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB
FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, April 8 @ 7PM
Patchogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.    For CFI Friends only!

FRIDAY, April 18 @ 7PM
Monthly FREE Forum Featuring Susan Jacoby !

Join CFI-NYC Program Director Susan Jacoby to celebrate the publication of her latest book, "The Age of American Unreason," with her lecture at the Barnes & Noble book store, 350 Route 110, Huntington Station , Suffolk County, NY.  Ms. Jacoby's new book, which picks up in the early 1960s where the historian Richard Hofstadter left off in his classic work, "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life," dissects the rise of anti-rationalism in every aspect of American culture and politics during the past 40 years.

Susan Jacoby is the author of " Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism ," in its tenth hardcover printing (Metropolitan Books) and just out in paperback. Freethinkers was hailed in the New York Times as an "ardent and insightful work" that "seeks to rescue a proud tradition from the indifference of posterity."  Named a notable nonfiction book of 2004 by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, Freethinkers was cited in England as one of the outstanding international books of 2004 by the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian. The author began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post. She is the author of six previous books, including Wild Justice: The Evolution of RevengeHalf-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past (Scribner, 2000). A generalist in an era of specialization, Jacoby has been a contributor for more than 25 years, on topics including law, religion, medicine, women's rights, and Russian literature, to a wide range of periodicals and newspapers. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Book World, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsday, Harper's, The Nation, Vogue, and the AARP Magazine, among other publications. They have been reprinted in numerous anthologies of columns and magazine articles. (Harper & Row), a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1984, and Susan Jacoby has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001-2002, she was named a fellow of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.  Since the publication of Freethinkers , Susan Jacoby has been interviewed on NOW with Bill Moyers, The O'Reilly Factor, and the Dennis Miller Show. She has been a guest on numerous National Public Radio programs, including the Diane Rehm and Tavis Smiley shows, as well as regional NPR programs broadcast from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and Madison, WIS.  Ms. Jacoby is also program director of the Center for Inquiry-Metro New York , a rationalist think tank with offices at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10020.

THURSDAY, May 1 @ 7PM
Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.
TOPIC:    Socrates then and now: Why  good  teachers must be killed?
Why was Socrates put to death by the city state of Athens?  Why would any nation state (China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, the USA ) think that it must silence or execute good teachers (those who teach as Socrates did)?
I  expect that we will spend the 2 hours we have exploring the meanings and assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions.
READINGS: (as much or as little as you can handle of these items )   
Note in the items in my textbook there are links to the primary source of information cocnering Socrates: the Dialogues of Plato.  If you wish to read them please do so.  Of particular importance  are the APOLOGY and the CRITO and the PHAEDO and Alcibiades speech at the end of the SYMPOSIUM.
 1. Professor Pecorino's Online Textbook:
SOCRATES' LIFETIME
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Socrates_lifetime.htm
Socrates' Trial
  http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Socrates_Trial.htm
SOCRATES IN PRISON
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Socrates_prison.htm
SOCRATES' DEATH and PLATO's THEORY of the FORMS  and  Arguments for the Existence of the Soul
  http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Socrates_death3.htm
2. Wikipedia   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates
3 . Stanford Encylopedia  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/socrates/
For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, May 6 @ 7PM
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group
typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Book : Naomi Wolf 's "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot."  Still free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, May 13 @ 7PM
Patchogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

FRIDAY, May 16th at 7:00 pm
Monthly Forum
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, NY

Since September 11, 2001, the US Government has maintained that it is involved in a "War on Terror," which justifies our sending of 170,000 troops to Iraq, and the passage of the USA Patriot Act.  Not a single terrorist act (attributable to Al Qaeda) has occurred since that day in the US lending support to Bush's claims that his policies are paying off.  Yet hundreds of innocent people have been killed by bombings in London, Madrid, Bali and elsewhere.  They have recently opened a new front in Pakistan, where they murdered the leading candidate for primeminister, and over 180 others.

This talk by Richard Morrock @ the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, NY, will cover the origins of pan-Islamism and explain why Osama bin Laden and his mentor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, have not been caught in more than six years, and why President Bush dismisses his threats.  It will also examine the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which claims that the administration itself attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in order to justify the war in Iraq, and will reveal some serious problems with the USA Patriot Act.  Finally, we learn of the sinister role played by the Saudi Arabian government in supporting Islamic terrorism around the world.

Richard Morrock is a member of CFI Community of Long Island, and a contributor to Skeptic and the Skeptical Inquirer.  He is also a former vice president of the International Psychohistorical Association and director of the Terrorism Information Project.

SUNDAY, May 18th at 10:30 am
Gerry Dantone speaks at UU Society of South Suffolk
Location: UU Society of South Suffolk in Bay Shore, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore,

Gerry Dantone, coordinator for the CFI Community of Long Island will speak at the UU Society of South Suffolk in Bay Shore, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore, on the topic, "The New Atheists and Secular Humanism" on Sunday, May 18, 2008 @ 10:30AM.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Are the so-called "New Atheists" helpful to furthering the philosophy of secular humanism or are they doing more harm than good?  Are they, as the humanist chaplain at Harvard Greg Epstein claims, "atheist fundamentalists"?  Are they as rigid in their dogma and as intolerant as some of the faith leaders with whom atheists share the most obvious differences?

This talk is bound to stir some controversy while at the same time be enlightening.  Don't miss it!

TUESDAY, May 20th at 4:00 pm
Science Writer and Popularizer Carl Zimmer to speak in Brooklyn!
Location: Alumni Auditorium of the Health Science Education Building at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd. in Brooklyn

Carl Zimmer will be speaking on "The Evolution of Mind" at 4:00 p.m. on May 20, in the Alumni Auditorium of the Health Science Education Building at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd. in Brooklyn.

On his blog, Zimmer writes: Do you live in Brooklyn? Or a subway ride from SUNY Downstate Medical Center? Are you free Tuesday May 20 at 4 pm? Then swing over for a lecture I'll be giving on the evolution of mind. ... And while I'll certainly be talking about human minds, you can expect other species to make cameos, from smart flies to clever hyenas to mindless E. coli. They all fit together into a big picture. See you there. http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2008/05/15/minds_evolving_in_brooklyn.php

A prolific science journalist, Zimmer was awarded with NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2005. His latest book is Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life (Pantheon, 2008).

TUESDAY, June 3, 7PM
Special Book DIscussion with Author Barbara Oakley
Join us at the Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington , NY, on Tuesday June 3, 2008, @ 7PM to meet author Barbara Oakley who will talk about and sign her new book, "Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend" .   CFI Community of Long Island's Gerry Dantone will be your host.

"Evil Genes" is a unique non-fiction thriller inspired in part by author Barbara Oakley's unusual sister, an amoral woman who died under mysterious circumstances. Inspiration came as well from Oakley’s exceptionally broad background, which includes her interactions with the Soviet KGB when working as a translator on Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea; service as radio operator at the South Pole Station in Antarctica; teaching in China; laying cable in Germany; drinking tea with her adopted sons' relatives in Kosovo. Underlying everything is Oakley's scientific training and research related to medical imaging and genetics--precisely the areas where important breakthroughs in brain research are being made.

Join us to meet this unique author speak about her unique book!  Free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, June 5, @ 7PM
Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.   TOPIC: TBA.  For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino or visit his website.

FREE and open to the public!

SUNDAY, June 8 11:30AM
LI PRIDE PARADE!
Volunteers needed!
Marchers will be meeting @ the municipal parking lot in Huntington Village, on Gerard Street off of Clinton Street, Huntington @ 11:30 a.m.  The festival in nearby Heckscher park begins after the Parade @ 1 p.m.  If you don't feel like marching, we will also need persons to staff our table at the fair to hand out CFI Comm. of LI literature.  Last year over 1000 pieces of information about our CFI Community were handed out!  The mission of the Parade and the Festival at Heckscher Park is to foster a safer environment for persons of all sexual orientations involving consenting adults, and raise awareness of inequities in existing law.  If you want to be a part of the event, call Gerry Dantone @ 516 640 5491 or send an email to LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, June 10, 7PM
Patchogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

FRIDAY, June 20, @ 7PM
Monthly forum with Dr. Massimo Pigliucci
This month we are fortunate to welcome back Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, author and noted science popularizer.  Topic: "Of Paradigm Shifts and the Objectivity of Science."

Dr. Massimo Pigliucci  is a professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is known as an outspoken critic of creationism and advocate of science education.  He received his doctorate in genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy, a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Tennessee.

He received the Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution , and has been awarded three times the Oak Ridge National Laboratories Science Alliance Faculty Research Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science , and of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal .

His research in science focuses on genotype-environment interactions, on natural selection, and on the constraints imposed on the latter by the genetic and developmental makeup of organisms. As a philosopher, he is interested in epistemological issues in the philosophy of science and in the conceptual examination of fundamental ideas underlying evolutionary theory.

Pigliucci writes regularly for Skeptical Inquirer and Philosophy Now , and has occasionally debated creationists. On The Infidel Guy's internet radio show, he debated Kent Hovind (a creationist).

TUESDAY, July 1, 2008, 7PM
Book Club
The Book Discussion Group typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: Some of the Book Clubbers will make presentations to the group of their favorite books or some book that they have recently read.  If you'd like to make a presentation, contact Bob @ Bbrains@verizon.net.  Still free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, July 8, 2008, 7PM
Patchogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

SUNDAY, July 20, 2008, Noon to 6PM!
The Picnic @ the Beach

The popular CFI Community of Long Island annual fundraising Robert G. Ingersoll Memorial Picnic will be held at our favorite venue, Centerport Beach Park, Suffolk County, NY.  Here is a map of the park:  Centerport Beach Park .   We have the shaded Main Pavilion in the woods all to our selves from Noon to 6 PM.  Parking is free - tell the attendant you are with CFI. 

Directions: By car; simply get to Route 25A (Fort Salonga Road) and go north on Little Neck Road to the park.  From the LIRR; the closest station is Greenlawn, although nearby Huntington Station may have more trains arriving and departing.  You might call Orange & White Taxi @ 631 271 3600 to arrange a ride at either station.  For the LIRR schedule, go to LIRR Schedules .

The cost is modest for such a  great  day in the sun & shade at the beach; only $15/adult Friend of the Center; $20/adult for non-members; teenagers (13 to 19) are $10 each and from age 10 to 12 only $5 each.  From 9 and under accompanied by their parent are free!  Send checks in advance to CFI Community of Long Island, PO Box 119, Greenlawn, NY, 11740.

TUESDAY, August 5, 2008 7PM
The Book Discussion Group typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan.  This book takes up where "Omnivore's Dilemma" left off.  It examines what to eat for health: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

Still free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, August 12, 2008, 7PM
Pathcogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein (warrenrothstein [at] optonline.net) to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions. For CFI Friends only!

TUESDAY, September 2, 2008, 7pm
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Two Books this month (read one or the other or both):
1) "Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative Conscience" by John Dean .  The "Conservative Conscience" author presents a broad view of the dysfunctional chaos and institutional damage that Republican Party rule and its core conservatives have inflicted on the Federal Government.
2) "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore .  This book discusses the foundations of democracy and gives a lacerating critique of the Bush Administration (Ed.'s note: while promoting reason in a manner not unlike CFI.)

Still free and open to the public!

TUESDAY, September 11, 2008, 7pm
The Philosophy Group
led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the SECOND Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.

TOPIC:   "Peter Singer: A Dangerous Mind"

What of the Ethics  of Peter Singer?   Animal Rights?  Tithing? Vegetarianism?

The New Yorker calls him "the most influential living philosopher."  His critics call him "the most dangerous man in the world."  Peter Singer, the De Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values. 

 I  expect that we will spend the 2 hours we have exploring the meanings and assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions.  

http://www.philosophypages.com/dy/s5.htm#sing
Singer, Peter (1946- )

1  (Short) Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer
2.  The Singer Solution to World Poverty by Peter Singer , The New York Times Magazine , September 5, 1999, pp. 60-63 http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/19990905.htm
3. A Vegetarian Philosophy by Peter Singer In SIAN GRIFFITHS & JENNIFER WALLACE (eds.), Consuming Passions . Manchester, 1998, pp. 66-72 http://www.animal-rights-library.com/texts-m/singer05.htm
4 .   A Convenient Truth by Peter Singer  Op-Ed Contributor NY TIMES Published: January 26, 2007  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/26/opinion/26singer.html  

ABOUT  Peter Singer: The Pursuit of Happiness, Peter Singer interviewed by Ronald Bailey REASON <agazone December 2000 http://www.reason.com/news/show/27886.html

CRITICS  of Peter Singer
Peter Singer: Architect of the Culture of Death by DONALD DEMARCO  http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/medical_ethics/me0049.html
Peter Singer  Website: http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/

The best online source for interviews with Peter Singer  as well as articles about Peter Singer , is http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/

Enjoy the readings!     We look forward to the conversation and the dialogue.

Philip A. Pecorino, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy
Social Sciences Department
Queensborough Community College
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/Default.htm
FREE and open to the public!

FRIDAY, September 19, 2008, 7pm
Free public forum at the Plainview Library featuring author & editor of Free Inquiry magazine, Tom Flynn.

NOTE: DUE TO A POLICY CHANGE AT THE LIBRARY, ALL FORUMS WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY @ 7PM and end promptly at 9PM!

Due to illness, our originally scheduled guest speaker, Dr. R. Joseph Hoffmann is unable to appear.

We are fortunate to have as a "last minute" guest speaker, the Editor of Free Inquiry magazine and author of "THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNBELIEF," Tom Flynn .  He will make a presentation based on this epic new book.  Our musical guest is singer-songwriter Pedro Pereira .

This all-new, just-under-900-page tome has been hailed as the new standard reference in its field. It covers in unprecedented detail the freethought, atheist, and humanist traditions across the world, country by country. Flynn invited, coordinated, and cajoled more than 150 contributors who wrote well over 500 separate entries. Prominent contributors included Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, Paul Kurtz, and Vern Bullough , who finished writing more than 20 entries on topis from sex to social science before he died. The editing process wasn't always straightforward. Flynn will share stories about his "every editor's nightmare" experiences. What do you do when a prolific contributor dies before correcting his proofs? How do you motivate an author who's agreed to write more than a dozen entries, but never starts writing? Flynn will reveal all with his trademark good humor. He'll also draw on entries from the New Encyclopedia's to give an up-to-the-minute portrait of the demographics of unbelief? Who are the nonreligious? How has our community been measured by social scientists through the years? What's behind these media accounts saying atheism is more popular than ever?

Making a repeat visit to Long Island, Tom Flynn is editor of FREE INQUIRY , director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and a founding co-editor of the newsletter SECULAR HUMANIST BULLETIN . He edited THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNBELIEF , published by Prometheus Books late in 2007. His previous books include the irreverent science fiction novels GALACTIC RAPTURE and NOTHING SACRED and the rollicking polemic THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS , all published by Prometheus.

Don't miss this special presentation by one of the leading humanist activists in the world.  The FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC forum will be hosted by CFI Community of Long Island coordinator, Gerry Dantone .

TUESDAY, October 7, 2008, 7pm
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "Under the Banner of Heaven"John Krakauer.  Explore the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism and how faith led men to murder a woman and a child.   Still free and open to the public!

THURSDAY, October 9, 2008, 7pm
Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the SECOND Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.
TOPIC: "Miracles."
FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, October 14, 2008, 7PM
Patchogue Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

Meet and hear Maggie Jackson , the author of “Distracted; The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age” a book signing and talk at the Book Revue It’s FREE!

THURSDAY, October 16, 2008, 7PM
Location: The Book Revue, ( www.bookrevue.com ) 313 New York Avenue, Huntington Village, Suffolk County, NY.

Publishers Weekly: “In this richly detailed and passionately argued  book, Jackson (What's Happening to Home?) warns that modern society's inability to focus heralds an impending Dark Age—an era historically characterized by the decline of a civilization amid abundance and technological advancement.  Jackson posits that our near-religious allegiance to a constant state of motion and addiction to multitasking are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained, perceptive attention—the building block of intimacy, wisdom and cultural progress and stunting society's ability to comprehend what's relevant and permanent.  The author provides a lively historical survey of attention, drawing upon philosophy, the impact of scientific innovations and her own experiences to investigate the possible genetic and psychological roots of distraction…”

Meet the author as she talks about her book, signs it for purchasers, and answers your questions!  Hosted by Gerry Dantone , Coordinator, Center for Inquiry Community of Long Island.

For more information, contact Gerry Dantone , Email: LISecHum@aol.com; Center for Inquiry Community of Long Island, PO Box 119, Greenlawn, NY  11740; 516 640 5491.

TUESDAY,  November 4, 2008
The Book Discussion Group
typically meets at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, on the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the present," by Michael B. Oren.  Most of us are unaware of how present policies and attitudes fit into persistent historical patterns: from the Founders onward, Americans have repeatedly tried to transform Muslim peoples - politically, spiritually and economically - to conform to liberal and Christian principles.  Still free and open to the public!

THURSDAY, November 13, 2008
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the SECOND Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.
Topic: PLATO: His Thought and impact on Western Culture and Science
What is the importance of his thought?  What impact has it had?
I expect that we will spend the 2 hours we have exploring the meanings and assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions.
READINGS: (as much or as little as you can handle of these items )    

1.  (Short) Wikipedia   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato
2.  Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy :   http://www.iep.utm.edu/p/plato.htm
3. Stanford Encylopedia  of Philosophy       http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato/
4.  Professor Pecorino's Online Textbook:    Chapter on the Greeks -
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Chapter_CONTENTS.htm
look into the sections on Plato
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Plato_Dialogues.htm
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Plato_Overview.htm
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Plato_Republic.htm

http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Plato_Symposium.htm
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%202%20GREEKS/Plato_Legacy.htm
5. The Life of Plato  by Anthony F. Beavers and  Christopher Planeaux http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/socrates/plato&soc.html
6.  Basic Page by Garth Kemerling   http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/plat.htm|
7.  On Plato and Platonism: by William Turner  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12159a.htm
8. Richard Hooker’s Thought on Plato  http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/GREECE/PLATO.HTM
9.  Short Life of Plato by Bernard Suzanne   http://plato-dialogues.org/life.htm
FREE and open to the public!

 

FRIDAY, November 21, 2008
NOTE: The forum will begin PROMPTLY at 7PM and end at 9PM!

We are honored to welcome back to Long Island the founder of the secular humanist movement and the Center for Inquiry, Dr. Paul Kurtz .

Paul Kurtz (born December 21, 1925 in Newark, New Jersey) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, but is best known for his prominent role in the United States skeptical community. He is founder and chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry , formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) , the Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry and Prometheus Books .

He is editor in chief of Free Inquiry magazine, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism . He was co-president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union .  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science , and Humanist Laureate and president of the International Academy of Humanism.    As a member of the American Humanist Association, he contributed to the writing of Humanist Manifesto II

Without a doubt, Dr. Kurtz is the leading activist humanist organizer in the world, being a driving force of nearly every humanist and/or skeptic movement in existence.

Musical guest: Frank Gambino .  Host: Gerry Dantone .  (There will also be some surprise special guests!)

Brief Biography

Paul Kurtz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, chairman of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books, and editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry Magazine. He is also founder and chairman of the Center for Inquiry, Transnational. He is a former Co-President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). BA, New York University; MA and PhD, Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Humanist Laureate and President of the International Academy of Humanism. 

SUNDAY, November 30, 2008, 11am
Book Reading: Dr. Austin Dacey at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island; presider, Gerry Dantone, CFI Community of Long Island Coordinator
Location: EHSLI, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Nassau County, NY.
Dr. Dacey will be talking about his new book, “ The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life .”  Austin Dacey is a representative to the United Nations for the Center for Inquiry in New York City, where he works on issues of science and secular values as Executive Director. He is the author of articles in numerous p