Meet at the Tokay's for pot luck and discussion.
Do marches or protests help issues? Are they effective? Do letters or phone calls make more of an impression on the current regime? How do we make our voices heard by our current government?
Bring a dish or something to drink.
Contact the Tokay's for directions: (865) 691-6816
Wear sturdy shoes and gloves and bring a "picker-upper" if you have one. Meet at the Burger King at the Lovell Road exit. All volunteers must watch this video before working the roadway.
Humanism at Home: How does one apply Humanism to social issues in your community?
Evan Clark and Seráh Blain who are working through a Foundation Beyond Belief project that's currently traveling the US will give this talk. This will be a very special event! Don't miss it!
The book for April is “BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. Modern Medicine has transformed the dangers of childbirth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the face of death, what it can do often runs counter to what it should do. Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Atul Gawande reveals the suffering this has produced. He examines the profession's limitations and failures as life draws to a close. And he shows how the ultimate goal is not good death, but a good life --- until the very end. (282 pages).
RET member Forrest Lee Erickson will present a talk titled "Now Maybe You Want a Telescope".
Don't rush to buy a scope. Look through scopes of others first. Buy magazines, buy binoculars 10x50 (or 10x80 binoculars) and a tripod, then buy a 10" Dobsonian, then buy a Canon or Nikon DSLR (Full frame is best) and fast lenses from wide angle to telephoto, then buy a 5 inch (or more) apocromatic refactor on a VIXEN mount, then buy property in a dark
location in Arizona with an observatory or build one. Budget to travel to the southern hemisphere to see the southern milky way and to see more solar eclipses and both poles to see the aurora.
Meet at the Tokay's for pot luck and discussion. Topic TBA. Bring a dish or something to drink.
Elizabeth Corbett will be our guest speaker.
Elizabeth Corbett, ESL teacher at Lenoir City HS, will speak.
The book for May is “The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters” by Sean B. Carroll. One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated--there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar--there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet. (280 pages).
Professor Stephen Collins-Elliott of the University of Tennessee will present a talk on applications of Bayesian analysis for estimating probabilities.
The book for June is “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation” by Rebecca Traister. A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America, this “singularly triumphant work” (Los Angeles Times) by Rebecca Traister “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” (Anne Lamott) is “sure to be vigorously discussed” (Booklist, starred review). Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and told with Traister’s signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collins’s When Everything Changed. (352 pages).
The book for July is “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” by Rana Foroohar . Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned—and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate ALL American businesses, putting us on a collision course for another cataclysmic meltdown. Thanks to 40 years of policy changes and bad decisions, only about 15 % of all the money in our market system actually ends up in the real economy – the rest stays within the closed loop of finance itself. The financial sector takes a quarter of all corporate profits in this country while creating only 4 % of American jobs. The tax code continues to favor debt over equity, making it easier for companies to hoard cash overseas rather than reinvest it on our shores. Our biggest and most profitable corporations are investing more money in stock buybacks than in research and innovation. And, still, the majority of the financial regulations promised after the 2008 meltdown have yet come to pass, thanks to cozy relationship between our lawmakers and the country’s wealthiest financiers. (400 pages).