NYC ATHEISTS BOOK CLUB

Date & Time: Oct 21 2011 - 6:30pm
Location: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge - 140 East 27th St. (3rd/Lex).
Host: DR. DAVID ORENSTEIN

NYC Atheists’ Book Club Continues with Its Second Session - Discussing Carl Sagan’s "The Demon-Haunted World" and Greg Epstein's "Good Without God"
 
New York City Atheists presents the second session of a new event: The Friday Night Book Club and Thinking Person’s Meaningful Meetup!
 
Book Chapters: (Choose one book but read more if you’re daring!) Carl Sagan, "The Demon-Haunted World, Chapters 12 and 17--or Greg Epstein, "Good without God," Chapters 1 and 6.  
 
"These two books really compliment each other, so if Sagan is the “meat” then Epstein is the red wine. Or, if you’re a vegetarian, Sagan is the tofu, then Epstein is the broccoli," quips Dr. David Orenstein, book club leader.
 
But remember, you don't have to read the books to come to the discussion! The ideas these books bring up are universal!
 
Socializing Afterward, Hopefully
 
Want to end your week in a casual, friendly way with good friends and good talk? We have thought up the perfect combo: Read just a chapter or two or three of a good, light-hearted Atheist book on the subway or bus during the week while you are commuting to work. No heavy tomes, just easy-to digest down-to-earth stuff.
 
Then, after work on Friday, come to our favorite Atheist watering hole, the Stone Creek Bar and Pub, and, amidst a few friendly Atheist chums, chew the fat about what you read, accompanied by good beer, some Stone Creek knoshies and nice people who understand where you are coming from.
 
Our leader for this new Book Club, is Dr. David Orenstein, an all-around nice guy who teaches anthropology and is also an academic library director.  David has run many book clubs over the past 20 years in his function as a library director.  He says he loves running book clubs and, “If you make the discussion group open and accessible, you find that there’s so much energy in the room--people care so deeply sometimes about the written word, it’s really beautiful to see.”
 
Added Reading for Eager Beavers
 
David is continuing with Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, ” chapters 12 and 17, for this, the second meeting of the Book Club on Oct. 21, because, he says, “Carl Sagan is able to say in a very few words, dramatically and positively, startling things about science and the supernatural.”  Chapter 12 is titled "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," and Chapter 17 is "The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder."
 
But for some Atheists, two chapters in Carl Sagan's book is an easy task (Atheists are smarter than your average bear), so David is adding two chapters from one of his favorite new Atheist books, Greg Epstein's "Good Without God," chapters 1 and 6.
 
Carl Sagan, famous for writing and narrating the TV show “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” on Public Television in the 1980s, was also known for popularizing science and showing the difference between science and pseudoscience.  Greg Epstein, who calls himself an "Atheist chaplain" at Harvard, was formerly a rabbi.
 
You can buy “The Demon-Haunted World:Science as a Candle in the Dark”  and "Good Without God" on Amazon.com for about $9.83. Public Library price = free! 
  Are you ready for a new learning, socializing and enjoying-your-fellow-Atheists treat?  Come to the Stone Creek Friday evening for food, fun and friendship! 
 

Cost: Free: Participants are expected to purchase a drink or food to compensate Stone Creek for use of their space