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Game Day
On Sunday, June 29, The Rationalists of East Tennessee will hold a meeting of fun and games from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in the Community Room at Earth Fare Market, Turkey Creek Shopping Center. Bring a game you would like to play or play one of ours.It's buy-your-own drink, snack, lunch, desert, or some groceries at EarthFare. Since we get the room free, no outside food may be brought in.
June 29, 2014, 12:00am - 4:00pm
First Sunday Meeting
As usual, there will be no first Sunday RET meeting in July so people can attend the Lake Hypatia gathering sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
July 06, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
RET Lunch Brunch
Join the Rationalists of East Tennessee for a Lunch-Brunch on Wednesday July 9, at 11:15 am. The get-together will be held at the restaurant "A Taste of Thai", just off North Peters Road, across from Best Buy and Lowe's Home Improvement. If you have not signed up or if you have signed up and need to cancel, please contact Pauline, 437-9966 or hpauline0719@yahoo.com so tables will be ready.
July 09, 2014, 11:15 am
RET Trash Pickup
Remember, the Rationalists of East Tennessee will have their summer trash pickup on July 12 at 5:30 pm. The late hour is intended to avoid the midday heat. We should easily finish before sunset. Meet at the Burger King at the intersection of Lovell Road and the Pellissippi Parkway.
July 12, 2014, 5:30 pm
Skeptic Book Club
“The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease“ by Daniel Lieberman. In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease. The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of “dysevolution,” a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally—provocatively—he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment.
July 13, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
The historic discovery of the Higgs boson is on a par with the splitting of the atom. The key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In this lecture, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes you behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event. What is so special about the Higgs boson? We didn’t really know for sure if anything at the subatomic level had any mass at all until we found it. The fact is, while we have now essentially solved the mass puzzle, there are things we didn’t predict and possibilities we haven’t yet dreamed. A doorway is opening into the mind boggling, somewhat frightening world of dark matter. We only discovered the electron just over a hundred years ago and considering where that took us—from nuclear energy to quantum computing—the inventions that will result from the Higgs discovery will be world-changing. Our regular meeting will be followed at 1:00 pm by a Game Day gathering in the Community Room, EarthFare Grocery, Turkey Creek. You can purchase snacks, meal, desert, drink at the store (No outside food allowed.)
July 20, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
RET Movie Night
Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. the movie "Tuck Everlasting" will be shown at Sharron and Phil King's house. Call 690-7687 for information and directions. A discussion will follow on the advantages and disadvantages of living forever or any other topics brought up by the film. Bring whatever snack you would like to have during the movie.
July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm
Our topic for this meeting will be “Wishes”. As is commonly agreed, a wish is a desire, a want, something for which we yearn or long to possess or happen. Please select a few of the questions below to share and discuss your answers with us. Remember that our stick-passing method does not leave great length for your answers, (usually about four to six minutes each), so plan accordingly.  What are one or two wishes you have for your life?  What wishes did your parents have for you?  What wishes do you have for your country? For your family members?  How have your wishes changed since you were young?  Have you ever had a wish come true?  Was it what you always wanted?  Do you have any strange wishes (which you feel comfortable sharing with us)?  Why are wishes very important to some people?  When you were young, how did you answer this question: What do you want to be when you grow up?  What would be the one thing you would wish for your spouse?  What in your life would you not change?  For what and/or for whom are you thankful? *Meeting will be held at the home of Schera & Ted Lollis, 9219 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN 37922; call 865.690.8742 for directions.
July 27, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
First Sunday meeting
Nan Woodbury The story of her 8000 mile bike trip Come join RET member Nan Woodbury for the morning as she tells her story about her 8000 mile bicycle adventure from California to Peru. She will share pictures and stories of her 20 months, 13 counties, 2 sets of tires, and more patches then she can count. To travel at the speed of a bicycle is to see the world in a different perspective. Bicycle speed is slow enough to become part of the landscape, and just fast enough to make progress. This journey was one of discovery about herself, the world we live in, and the connections we make along the way. "This adventure changed me, and how I understand the world. This is what I want to share with you and maybe my story will change how you see the world too." Refreshments and coffee at 10 am before this presentation.
Aug. 03, 2014, 10:30 am
Skeptic Book Club
“Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason” by Seth Andrews. "...and then Noah loaded the dinosaurs onto the ark." Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded. Curiosity is muted. Doubt is frowned upon as a sin. And for those who dare to raise a dissenting hand, the threat of Hell looms ominously. A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became the founder of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet. (Amazon Review)
Aug. 10, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
RET Lunch Brunch
Join the Rationalists of East Tennessee for a Lunch-Brunch on Wednesday August 13, at 11:15 am. The get-together will be held at the restaurant "A Taste of Thai", just off North Peters Road, across from Best Buy and Lowe's Home Improvement. If you have not signed up or if you have signed up and need to cancel, please contact Pauline, 437-9966 or hpauline0719@yahoo.com so tables will be ready.
Aug. 13, 2014, 11:15 am
Third Sunday Roundtable
"Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign Against Evolution." by University of Tennessee professor Edward Caudill. Rather than looking at the issue as a scientific controversy, professor Caudill approaches it as a political exercise, grounded in creationists' appeal to cultural values such as rights and individualism, the astute use of media, and legitimate scientists' inability to address the general public. The problem is not whether intelligent design/creationism is science. It is not. The compelling issue, instead, is "How did such a silly idea as a 6,000-year-old earth win so many followers in the most scientifically advanced culture in the history of humanity?". Cafeteria annex, Goins Administration Building, Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Aug. 17, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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