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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
Reflections
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
Freethought Forum
Watch and call into the Freethought Forum community access TV program featuring East Tennessee freethinkers from the Atheist Society of Knoxville and the Rationalists of East Tennessee. Shows are most Tuesdays from 5-6 PM Eastern time. You can watch on Knoxville cable channels 6 or 12, depending on your cable provider, or online streaming at www.ctvknox.org Freethought Forum Television shows viewers that right here, in East Tennessee, freethinking atheists and agnostics are not alone.
July 29, 2014, 5-6 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
Freethought Forum
Watch and call into the Freethought Forum community access TV program featuring East Tennessee freethinkers from the Atheist Society of Knoxville and the Rationalists of East Tennessee. Shows are most Tuesdays from 5-6 PM Eastern time. You can watch on Knoxville cable channels 6 or 12, depending on your cable provider, or online streaming at www.ctvknox.org Freethought Forum Television shows viewers that right here, in East Tennessee, freethinking atheists and agnostics are not alone.
Aug. 05, 2014, 5-6 pm
American Freethought
We will return to the Council for Secular Humanism's presentation, "American Freethought". Women's rights activities, Darwin, moralist crusader Comstock, "The Truth Seeker" an Robert Green Ingersoll will be covered. If time permits we can begin Part 3, The Mainstream and Alternate Press. The Executive was Tom Flynn who presented "The Trouble with Christmas" and will be returning Nov. 15 for another presentation.
Aug. 07, 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
Freethought Forum
Watch and call into the Freethought Forum community access TV program featuring East Tennessee freethinkers from the Atheist Society of Knoxville and the Rationalists of East Tennessee. Shows are most Tuesdays from 5-6 PM Eastern time. You can watch on Knoxville cable channels 6 or 12, depending on your cable provider, or online streaming at www.ctvknox.org Freethought Forum Television shows viewers that right here, in East Tennessee, freethinking atheists and agnostics are not alone.
Aug. 12, 2014, 5-6 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
Freethought Forum
Watch and call into the Freethought Forum community access TV program featuring East Tennessee freethinkers from the Atheist Society of Knoxville and the Rationalists of East Tennessee. Shows are most Tuesdays from 5-6 PM Eastern time. You can watch on Knoxville cable channels 6 or 12, depending on your cable provider, or online streaming at www.ctvknox.org Freethought Forum Television shows viewers that right here, in East Tennessee, freethinking atheists and agnostics are not alone.
Aug. 19, 2014, 5-6 pm
Who are We?
Who are We? How do we see ourselves, and how should others see us? There is no question about the position of the Rationalists with respect to the encroachment of religious dogma upon the sphere of public policy. In this area we are all of one mind. Where members may differ is in the way we view the makeup of the organization itself and the way we wish to be perceived by the general public, individually and collectively. Are we rationalists necessarily all staunch non-believers, or might some of us just be naturalists or secularists uninterested in the issue, and might others of us even be theists who feel the interests of organized religion are not well served by institutional theocracy? Should we adopt a confrontational stance toward believers, challenging the validity of religions faith; a conciliatory view, recognizing that religion satisfies basic human needs; or even an embracing posture, seeking common ground with religious organizations to further our common interest in maintaining the strict separation of religion principles and governmental institutions? Members should come to this discussion prepared to propound and defend their view of the complexion and orientation they would like to see the Rationalists pursue. This unscheduled Reflections meeting is brought to you by long-time member Bill Behr(before he begins his traditional winter retreat to Florida). Location: At the home of William Behr at 3104 Broadway (in north central Knoxville at the intersection with Atlantic Avenue.) Directions: Exit I40 at Hall of Fame Drive, turn north and proceed to merge onto Broadway. When you reach the traffic light at Atlantic Avenue, turn right into Carriage Lane. Park in any unmarked space near the pool, go to the third building (building "C") and look for unit #17 at the foot of the stairway with "Bill Behr" on the door. If you have any trouble, call Bill at 865-281-9450. Following the discussion the pool will be available for anyone who would like to take a dip before their long trip home. ___________________________
Aug. 24, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Freethought Forum
Watch and call into the Freethought Forum community access TV program featuring East Tennessee freethinkers from the Atheist Society of Knoxville and the Rationalists of East Tennessee. Shows are most Tuesdays from 5-6 PM Eastern time. You can watch on Knoxville cable channels 6 or 12, depending on your cable provider, or online streaming at www.ctvknox.org Freethought Forum Television shows viewers that right here, in East Tennessee, freethinking atheists and agnostics are not alone.
Aug. 26, 2014, 5-6 pm
First Sunday Meeting
First Sunday We will return to the Council for Secular Humanism's video presentation "American Freethought." Topics presented include Women's Rights and Freethought Movements. Seneca Falls, Darwin, Comstock (not a freethinker), the American Tract Society, "The Truth Seeker" and Robert Green Ingersoll will be covered. The Executive Producer is Tom Flynn who spoke in a general public meeting last Nov. and will be back again this coming November.
Sept. 07, 2014, 10:30 AM
Skeptic Book Club
“Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures” by Virginia Morell. Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or elephant? Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, and that rats love to be tickled. They’ve discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies, that parrots and dolphins have names, and that birds practice their songs in their sleep. But how do scientists know these things? Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals from ants to wolves, and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. With thirty years of experience covering the sciences, Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to animal-cognition scientists and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. She probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness–traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings. By standing behaviorism on its head, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond, and she shares her admiration for the men and women who have simultaneously chipped away at what we think makes us distinctive while offering a glimpse of where our own abilities come from.
Sept. 14, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
Professor Phil Hamlin of the University will discuss "Perspectives on Evil"
Sept. 21, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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