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 Saturday, October 17


     We are planning a Mensa Admission testing session here in North Alabama on Saturday, October 17, at 2:45 pm in conjunction with American Mensa National Testing Day.  The test will be held at the Main Branch of the Huntsville Library Auditorium and will take approximately 2 hours.  For assistance the day of the test, the Main Branch phone number is (256) 532-5940.


     The cost of the test is $20.00 (half the normal price) and may be prepaid, if desired, by following the instructions on the American Mensa website at: , or can by paid by cash or check the day of the test.


     The admission test is limited to those aged 14 and older.  Those between the ages of 14 through 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


     An alternative to taking the Mensa Admission test is to qualify by using documented results from prior intelligence tests if they meet the admission criteria. More information on the prior evidence review process can be found at:


     If you have any questions about Mensa admission testing or submitting prior evidence, please email Linda Graves at 


     Please let anyone you know who may be interested in Mensa know of the upcoming test!



 Friday, October 2, 5:30 PM


     Temperance this month will be at Casa Blanca in Main Street South, 7500 South Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL  256-213-9267


October FS&M

 Sunday, October 25, 5:00 PM



     FSM will be hosted by Rob Glover this month.  Please join us on Sunday, October 25 to help assemble copies of our newsletter.  This also gives you a chance for an early look at the newsletter - and plenty of time to enjoy interesting conversations.  Bring as stapler along if you have one.  Hope you can join us!

     Rob's address is 2005 Giles Dr. NE, Huntsville, AL 35811. 

     Directions: take exit 20 off I-565 and head east on Oakwood Ave.  After the road narrows and becomes residential you'll take a left onto Giles and I'm the third house on the left.



     "FS&M" is our affectionate term for assembling the NORBAMENSA newsletter. The pages get folded, stapled and labeled. No experience necessary, free training, and you get the scoop early, along with another opportunity for interesting chatter.


October Dinner Meeting
 Sunday, October 18, 6:00 PM

     The September Dinner meeting will be held at the Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant, located at the West End Grill, 6610 Old Madison Pike, Huntsville, 35806. 256-722-8040


     Our speaker for the dinner meeting will be Dr. Andrew Cling, a Professor at UAH who will be speaking on his current research on Skeptical Paradoxes. Andrew Cling received his AB from the University of Missouri in 1979 and his PhD from Vanderbilt in 1987. He has taught philosophy at UAH since 1988. Professor Cling's research is currently focused on epistemic regress problems. Here is a simple version of such a problem. It seems that (1) in order for a reason for a belief to be good, it must be supported by a good reason. It also seems that (2) we cannot have good reasons if that requires a circle or an infinite regress of reasons. It follows from (1) and (2), however, that we cannot have good reasons for any belief. That seems wrong, but where is the mistake? Professor Cling will discuss a slightly more complicated version of this problem that, if correct, would show that we cannot have any good reasons to believe that our methods for inquiry are reliable or that any method is any better than any other


Don't Forget Your White Elephants!


          Don't forget to bring your White Elephants to the dinner meeting.  These are items you no longer treasure, but think someone else will. Items are brought in bags and numbers are assigned to names and the fun begins as random numbers are called.  The most popular items are books and magazines - Mensans never have enough to read!


Let's Eat


     Local group members usually schedule two opportunities for our members to join together at local restaurants for dinner on Wednesdays.  For obvious reasons, they are referred to as "Let's Eat, Huntsville" and "Let's Eat, Madison."  Both provide great atmospheres for enjoying the company of fellow Mensans. 




       If you're new to MENSA you might be misled by the tongue-in-cheek name of this event.  Don't let that keep you from joining us on the first Friday of each month at 5:30.  The truth is, we drink up and relax after a hard week at work or play (for the retired folks).  Some order dinner, others just enjoy the company and a couple of drinks.  On the odd-numbered months we meet at Tim's Cajun Kitchen on Jordan Lane.  On the even numbered months we meet at Casa Blanca on South Memorial Parkway in Main Street South shopping center.  The event is open to all members and their families.  Hope to see you there!


Mensa is a social organization formed by and for people who have scored above the 98th percentile on a recognized IQ test.  Mensa has three stated purposes; to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and to promote stimulation intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

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