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Annual Public Lecture
Humanist author Dale McGowan will present the RET annual public lecture Saturday, May 2, at 1:00 pm in the Goins Auditorium of Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville. His talk is titled "Twenty Things I Learned About Atheism that Most Atheists Don’t Even Know". This will be an entertaining talk based on his book "Atheism for Dummies". He notes "If the sentence 'Atheists Don’t Believe in God' captures everything there is to know about the subject, then the Grand Canyon is just a big hole in Arizona. Join us as he reveals twenty surprising things he learned about atheism while researching the book. Dale is an author and editor of several books including "Parenting Beyond Belief", "Raising Freethinkers", and "Atheism For Dummies". His most recent title, "In Faith and In Doubt", is the first on marriages between religious believers and nonbelievers. Dale is also the founding Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable and service organization, and content development manager for Patheos, the world’s largest website exploring questions from religious and nonreligious perspectives. He was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008. Dale lives with his family near Atlanta. For further information, visit his web site http://dalemcgowan.com/.
May 02, 2015, 1:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
Dr. Charles Omarzu of RET will present a talk on "The Design of Experiments on Living Things" The design of experiments on living things has a wide range of applications - from education to psychology and sociology, and to bio-medical research. The core principles of these designs can be explained in a non-technical way so that they are understandable to a broad audience. This should allow interested parties to critically evaluate research findings and claims made for the value of various treatments and equipment. For this presentation, an interactive approach will be used to help the audience reason its way through testing for various threats to the validity of the experiment. An attempt will be made to provide easy and interesting examples as well as some useful background information. The goal will be to reach the "gold standard" of such designs, which is used, for example, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) as its protocol for testing. Some information may also be presented on claims which have yet to meet this standard.
May 17, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pot-Luck Discussion
TOPIC: EDUCATION Sunday, May 24th , Pot-luck from 1:00 to 4:00pm Location: 9219 George Williams Road, Knoxville, 37922; 865.690.8742 for directions. Education is one of the most important things in life because without education you cannot contribute to the world, improve your and your family’s quality of life, or participate in the progress of society via government or inventiveness. I’m sure every member of RET appreciates the value of education and various aspects of education will be the topic of our discussion today. Gather your thoughts on the following issues and be prepared to share your ideas with us on one or two of these:  Pro’s and con’s of Home Schooling vs. Public vs. Private Schooling?  Is good education affordable for all levels of society?  How can we stimulate the political will of our governmental officials to pay close attention to providing education to all the citizens of our nation?
May 24, 2015, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tokay Backyard Olympics
Second Memorial Day Backyard Olympics   Monday, May 25, 2015 3:00 PM to Dark Thirty Limited to those 2 to 102 years old No skill required Fun loving people of all ages can compete in all events. Past events included: The Nerf Ball  Put, The Javelin Straw Throw, The Cross Country Tricycle Race,  Sidewalk Art, and The Watermelon Spit! Just bring your own meat for the grill, and a side dish for six  people (single guys bring chips) Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Tokay Olympic Medals will be awarded! Please RSVP to Steve and Carol Tokay at 691-6816. The location is 8905 Garrison Drive, Knoxville TN 37931.
May 25, 2015, 3:00 PM
New Harmony & Boatload of Knowledge
New Harmony & the "Boatload of Knowledge" In the winter of 1825-1826, scientist William Maclure and reformer Robert Owen led a boatload of scientists and artists down the Ohio River to colonize New Harmony, Indiana. Another Scot, Frances Wright, flirted an American super hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, repeatedly traveled to New Harmony, and founded Nashoba, a colony for freed slaves near Memphis, Tennessee. Neither colony survived, but Maclure s scientists and five of Owen s adult children remained in New Harmony, and one of them joined Wright during a meteoric career in New York City. Collectively, they helped bring about vast improvements in education, in labor, in race relations, and in the role which rationalism & science have come to play in our modern society, including the foundations of the US Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution. Presented by RET member Ted Lollis
June 07, 2015, 10:30 AM
Skerptic Book Club
The book for our June meeting is “Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World” by Mark Miodowink. Please join us on Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 pm at Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.
June 14, 2015, 2:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
The third Sunday in June will feature a DVD presentation from the Skeptic Society Distinguished Lecture Series. Professor Michio Kaku will give his views on "The Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100". Dr. Kaku takes us on a journey into the future to reveal the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization. For example: the Internet will be in your contact lens, you will control computers and appliances via tiny sensors that pick up your brain scans, sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically. Also, radically new spaceships using laser propulsion may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today, and you may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the up button.
June 21, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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