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RET Annual Business Meeting
The Rationalists of East Tennessee annual business meeting will be held on Feb. 1 at 10:30 am in the cafeteria annex of the Goins administration building at Pellissippi State Community College. We will elect officers and a board of directors for the coming year. This is an important meeting for all members. Please attend to give your input about RET programs and functions and how to improve them. The board can best serve all members if they share their ideas with us.
Feb. 01, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Skeptic Book Club
“An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris Hadfield - Sunday, February 8, 2:00 pm at Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. This is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield’s success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it. In “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement - and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counter intuitive lessons: don’t visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own. (Amazon Review)
Feb. 08, 2015, 2:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
“Death, Sex, and Evolution” - a DVD presentation by Dr. Dr. John Long from the Skeptics Society Distinguished Lecture Series. In this riveting story about his remarkable discoveries from the Gogo fossil site in the Kimberly district of Western Australia, the Australian paleontologist John Long, now Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, takes us beyond just reconstructing animal morphology and into the realm of restoring ancient behavior. Long drills down deep on how we know what we know about the past, what the boundaries of knowledge are with respect to studying fossils, and how exceptional fossils contribute to reshaping our perspectives on evolution. Dr. Long, the author of the classic books The Rise of the Fishes and Swimming in Stone, compares the Hollywood view of evolution versus the scientific visage of natural history. As well, Dr. Long will explore how complex ideas in science — such as global climate change — are easily dismissed by those who are skeptical of the scientific consensus that global warming is real because the basic level of scientific literacy to begin to understand the problem involves a high level of either multidisciplinary knowledge or a high level of trust in science and how it works. Cafeteria Annex, Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Feb. 15, 2015, 10:30 am
First Sunday Meeting
Professor Erin Darby of the University of Tennessee will speak on the rise of monotheism in early Israelite society.
Mar. 01, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Skeptic Book Club
"Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism" by Jerry DeWitt - Sunday, March 15,2:00 pm at Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Atheism’s leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is his account of that journey. DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he’d begun to question his faith. Late one night in May 2011, a member of his flock called seeking prayer for her brother who had been in a serious accident. As DeWitt searched for the right words to console her, speech failed him, and he found that the faith which once had formed the cornerstone of his life had finally crumbled to dust. When it became public knowledge that DeWitt was now an atheist, he found himself shunned by much of DeRidder’s highly religious community, losing nearly everything he’d known. DeWitt’s struggle for identity and meaning mirrors the one currently facing millions of people around the world. With both agnosticism and atheism entering the mainstream—one in five Americans now claim no religious affiliation, according to a recent study—the moment has arrived for a new atheist voice, one that is respectful of faith and religious traditions yet warmly embraces a life free of religion, finding not skepticism and cold doubt but rather profound meaning and hope. Hope After Faith is the story of one man’s evolution toward a committed and considered atheism, one driven by humanism, a profound moral dimension, and a happiness and self-confidence obtained through living free of fear. (Amazon review)
Mar. 08, 2015, 2:00 pm
Third Sunday Roundtable
Dr. Tessa Burch-Smith of the University of Tennessee's Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology will present a talk titled "Genetic Engineering in Agriculture".
Mar. 15, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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