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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
Lunch Get-together
Meet for lunch and socializing Wednesday Sept. 17 at Black Horse Brewery, Kingston Pike in Bearden. Questions - Call Pauline 437-9966 or hpauline0719@yahoo.com
Sept. 17, 2014, 11:15 AM
Third Sunday Meeting
Professor Phil Hamlin of the University will discuss "Perspectives on Evil"
Sept. 21, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
No Reflection Sept. 28. Since there was a Reflections meeting last month we will skip September.
Sept. 28, 2014
Trash Pick-up
Adopt a Highway trash pick-up. Meet at Lovell Road Burger King at 3:00 pm Wear appropriate clothing, bug spray (recommended), gloves and hat. A pickup tool is very useful. The more we have the faster and easier it is.
Oct. 04, 2014, 3:00 PM
First Sunday Meeting
In this meeting we will be viewing and discussing Tim Minchin/’s address to his alma mater on how to live. “Listen to these words of wisdom, and you might just get through life perfectly...Or at least, kind of unscathed.” Tim Minchin We will also view a short video on humanism by the British Humanist Association and discuss “The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles” by Paul Kurtz
Oct. 05, 2014, 10:30
Skeptic Book Club
"Nonbeliever Nation" by David Niose - Sunday, October 12, 4:00 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Kingston Pike. Today, one in five Americans are nonbelievers—a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers. Still we see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the falsehood of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose calls for nonreligious Americans from all backgrounds to step out of the shadows and signal their opposition to the long-dominant Religious Right. Exploring all the hot-button issues that divide the country—from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles—he shows how Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from organized religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at a growing demographic that is flexing its muscles for the first time.(Amazon Review)
Oct. 12, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
Open Roundtable Discussion. Bring a topic you would like to discuss. The meeting will open by considering the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee State Constitution that will be on November's ballot. Following these discussions, members will have the opportunity to present other topics of general interest. Goins building cafeteria annex,Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30am-12:30pm
Oct. 19, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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