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Rationalists of East Tennessee is an organization created to benefit people by expanding understanding of the universe through the use of empirical and rational methods. Our purposes are as follows:
To foster an environment suitable to free speech and exchange of ideas.
To promote free inquiry into the nature of the universe and of human societies.
To encourage critical thinking on all aspects of human life.
To emphasize the importance of the scientific method.
To explore ethical and intellectual alternatives to supernatural beliefs.
To model humanistic ethics through service to the greater community.
To provide a fellowship for people who share these purposes.
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Recent News and Events
Victor Stenger has died Physicist Victor Stenger, who was the speaker at the annual public meeting of the Rationalists of East Tennessee in 2010, passed away on August 27. Dr. Stenger was a prolific author and one of the strongest voices the secular movement has had for pointing out the fallacies of creationism from a scientific point of view. His advocacy for rationalism will be missed.
Posted by risler Aug. 30, 2014
Rationalists of East Tennessee Third Sunday meetin Please join us for the Rationalists of East Tennessee Third Sunday meeting on August 17. Professor Edward Caudill of the University of Tennessee will give a presentation titled "Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign Against Evolution." Rather than looking at creationism 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.
Posted by risler Aug. 15, 2014
RET Lunch-Brunch for August Please join friends and members of the Rationalists of East Tennessee for lunch at the TASTE OF THAI restaurant, Wednesday, August 13, at 11:15 a.m. The restaurant is located at 8926 Town and Country Circle - the phone number is 865-691-4442. It is 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 Hamilton at 437-9966 or email@example.com so tables will be ready.
Posted by risler Aug. 08, 2014
RET Skeptic Book Club for August Please join us for the Rationalists of East Tennessee monthly book club meeting on Sunday, August 10, 4:00 pm at Barnes and Noble on Kingston Pike. The book for discussion is “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)
Posted by risler Aug. 08, 2014
Rationalists of East TennesseeFirst Sunday Meeting Please join us for the Rationalists of East Tennessee First Sunday meeting on August 3. RET member Nan Woodbury will recount 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. Nan says: “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 myself, the world we live in, and the connections we make along the way. The 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." Goins Cafeteria Annex, Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Refreshments starting at 10:00 am.
Posted by risler Aug. 01, 2014
Rationalists of East Tennessee double-header Please join the Rationalists of east Tennessee for a double-header get-together on Sunday, July 20. Our regular third Sunday morning Roundtable discussion will be followed by an afternoon game day.
The Roundtable meets at the regular time and place: 10:30 am in the Goins building cafeteria annex on the Pellissippi State Community College campus. It will feature a DVD lecture from the The Skeptics Society by Dr. Sean Carrol titled “The Particle at the end of Universe”. 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 of Earth Fare Grocery, Turkey Creek. It will feature strategic game such as checkers, chess, jinga, othello or whatever people bring and want to play. Catchphrase will be available as well. You can purchase snacks, meal, desert, drink at the store (No outside food allowed.)