Maryland – District of Columbia (MDC)

MDC is  the original WASH chapter with members or other interested people in the greater Washington area including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
Our members cover the spectrum labeled  freethinkers, skeptics, secular humanists, non-theists, atheists, agnostics and the recent Nones or “not sure”.
Like other WASH chapters we  participate in a range of activities with other groups of like interests.

 April 2018 MDC Meeting

Discussing Street Epistomology

 I’m hosting a meeting to discuss a conversational method of belief checking called “Street Epistemology” (SE)  on Th. April 26th (7:30-9:30) to broadly discuss the practice of and issues with Street Epistemology.
This will be at my house in Potomac.A  preliminary agenda for the session and will include a 10-15′ intro to some of the Street Epistemology ideas and practices, which are usually applied to religious, faith-based beliefs.
In preparation it might be useful for people to look at this 1 minute intro to Street Epistemology.
What is Street Epistemology? | One Minute Intro (with narration)

There are a number of other videos, 5 minutes or so that show people struggling with the Q of what they believe when asked “how do you believe that” and “why so high a confidence?”  We could also look at one of these although there is a slightly longer one
based on social media exchanges that is a bit more interesting in some ways and more representative of the types of conversations we have and how SE might be used.
It could provide a richer base for discussion, since we live in a time of such alt-fact and ideologically based, rigid beliefs I think it would be interesting to discuss and explore other areas in which these techniques of asking “how do you know?” that might be applied.

It may be that SE or perhaps a modified version would be applicable to a wider range of topics (such as other moral issues, economics or even politics) and settings.

Any thoughts and opinions on this welcome to improve the session.

I don’t expect that we will exceed my living room space, where we have had discussion events for up 20 people, but I will try to keep track of the numbers on the MeetUp page and email responses.

For general information and if there are any questions you may contact the chapter coordinator:

Gary Berg-Cross via email at
Don Evans picture of George

 For general information about the MDC chapter, contact Gary Berg-Cross via email ( or via phone (240-426-0770).

P.O. Box 15319 Washington, DC 20003

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