Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

August 2022 

Live, in Person: Dan Barker

Annual Guest Speaker

Sunday, September 18, 2022


Freedom from Religion Foundation


Dan Barker will be in Knoxville to give a presentation at the Auditorium in the Administrative Building at the Pellissippi State Community College on Hardin Valley Road, Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow. Breaking with tradition, this will not involve foods supplied by members. Instead RET will provide trays of food. Donations to help with this are welcome and can be made by going to <https://rationalists.org/Donate>. Indicate in the comments that the donation is for the Dan Barker Reception. 

First Sunday Zoom Meeting

August 7    Sunday   10:30 -12:30 EST



We are delaying the return to in-person meetings with the local up-tick of cases. Be patient. RET's members tend toward those who are vulnerable. SOOOOO...

Once again we will be meeting by Zoom. 

Bring your own snacks and coffee. Since this was to be a social gathering, there is no defined topic. 

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RET Skeptic Book Club

August 14   Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 PM 

Video conference meeting using Zoom

Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Evolution and theMeanings of Life

by Daniel C. Dennett

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often-surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.  586 pages.

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Third Sunday Meeting

August 21 Sunday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meeting via ZOOM

Topic to be announced.

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Reflections Sunday Zoom Meeting

August 28 Sunday 4:30-6 pm

The Summer is Almost Over!

Another year is rapidly slipping by - did you get a chance to enjoy some of it or were you trapped by all the political controversy?  Or maybe stuck in an airport by a cancelled flight?  Let us know what you did that allowed you to chill out and get away from it all.  Perhaps offer us a few tips.  Are you energized to take a new look at life and how you participate in it?

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As part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, RET members Aleta and Carl Ledendecker were featured on a Nashville billboard and in a full page ad in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper.


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