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Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

August 2021 

First Sunday Meeting

August 1  Sunday 10:30 - 12:30 EDT 

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JOHN RAWLS, A THEORY OF JUSTICE presented by Marty Carcieri

John Rawls' work may be the state of the art in western political theory. He transformed the discipline in 1971 with A THEORY OF JUSTICE and spent the next thirty years refining his theory in response to the most able critiques from across the political spectrum. As Harvard professor Michael Sandel has written, A THEORY OF JUSTICE  "is a powerful, deep, subtle, wide ranging, systematic work in political and moral philosophy which has not seen its like since the writings of John Stuart Mill, if then. It is a fountain of illuminating ideas, integrated together into a lovely whole. Political philosophers now must either work within Rawls' theory or explain why not."


RET veteran Marty Carcieri is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at San Francisco State University. He is the author of  Applying Rawls in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Gender, the Drug War, and the Right to Die.


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RET Skeptic Book Club


August 8     Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 pm   

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The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life

by Robert Trivers

Whether it's in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive -- but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive?


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Third Sunday Meeting

August 15 Sunday 10:30 - 12:30

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The Rationalists of East Tennessee

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The Memphis Freethought Alliance

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Reflections Sunday Meeting

August 22 Sunday 4:30-6:00 PM EDT

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Recently, we have seen some athletes’ mental state affected by the stress of the Olympics to the point that they could no longer participate.  This has put the spotlight on mental health issues which have been slowly gaining support by society over the past decade or so.  The attention comes about from the result of strong negative behaviors such as drug addition, depression, and police interactions.  Do you have any stories or situations that you feel illustrate the strong effect that social, school, economic, and job pressures put on yourself or others you know that cause you or them to have to withdraw from life, or worse yet, drive aberrant behavior?  Any solutions or consciousness raising ideas to make a healthier society?

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Secular Scholarships Available Now

Apply by August 31 at secularstudents.org

Each year, the Secular Student Alliance is proud to offer a variety of nonreligious activist scholarships for full-time high-school and college students pursuing excellence in their academic studies and activists for secular values on their campus and/or in their community.

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The Rationalists of East Tennessee sponsor a scholarship for a Tennessee student.

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RET members are invited by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the FFRF annual convention in Boston, November 19-21. Headliners include Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem, Katherine Stewart, Phil Zuckerman, Linda Greenhouse, Megan Phelps-Roper and Steven Pinker.

Details at https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention.

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