Upcoming events

    • 10/27/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Bob Morris' House

    Topic: Pets

    Why do we spend so much time and energy on our pets and how do they impact our lives?  What are some great stories you have about your pets or those of your friends and relatives?  Are our pets true companions or just social parasites?.

    Please bring the usual pot luck, and Bob will provide some drinks and paper dinnerware. If you have strong legs, please park at the bottom of the driveway so others have less of a climb.


    • 11/03/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Road

    Terri Lyon, author of "What’s On Your Sign? How to focus your passion and change the world." will give this presentation. 

    From the Book's Website:

    Perhaps you want to work for change in the world, but with so much happening it’s hard to know where to start. Do you find yourself asking, What issue should I choose? How can I best help? How do I get started? 

    Or perhaps you are an activist but find yourself asking, Is this work a good fit for me? How do I know if I’m making a difference? How can I feel more motivated? 

    Get the answers you need in What’s On Your Sign? How to focus your passion and change the world. An engaging and entertaining guidebook, What’s On Your Sign? will help you:

    • Find what you’re most passionate about among the myriad of causes.
    • Match your skills with the type of activism work that best suits you.
    • Find an activism opportunity that works for your life.
    • Determine if the activism work you are doing makes a difference.
    • Stay motivated in your activism for the long-term.

    Psychologist, teacher, and activist Terri Lyon merged her training and experience to create What’s On Your Sign? to help you identify your strengths, skills, and interests and use them to bring about effective change through activism—enjoyable, effective activism.

    What’s On Your Sign? is unique among books on activism:

    This book doesn’t tell you to head to the streets. It helps you recognize what you bring to the table that will create positive change on an issue.

    This book helps you focus on your passion. Other books direct you to the author’s cause.

    This book will inspire you to do something other than march. Activist profiles include the painter, singer, musician, children’s book author, playwright, craftivist, serial entrepreneur, and others—all using their talents to further a cause.

    ***

    Even if activism is not your thing, this presentation will help you find better focus for your life. 

    We meet in the cafeteria annex at the back of the Goins Administration Building. Come early for coffee and conversation. 

    • 11/10/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Books-a-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    by Yuval Noah Harari

    How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? 

    Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

    In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?

    Harari’s unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is essential reading

     

    Please bring your own chair if possible. 


    • 11/17/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Road

    Encryption: what it is, how it works, why it matters.

    RET member Carl Westman will give this presentation.

    Can you keep a secret? What about your friends, your bank, or your phone?

    Keeping secrets is not just the domain of the military or spies. Modern banking and commerce rely upon encryption for securing financial transactions. Political operatives rely upon encryption to communicate with their allies and keep their plans secret from rivals and adversaries.

    The history of encryption has seen ever-stronger ciphers eventually get decoded by ever-more-clever cryptanalysis. Broken encryption has led to the fall of regimes, while weaponized encryption (e.g., ransomware) has cost individuals, businesses, and governments billions of dollars. In this talk, we will explore what encryption is, how it works, and why it matters.

    We meet in the cafeteria annex at the back of the Goins Administration Building. Come early for coffee and conversation. 

    • 12/08/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Books-a-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919
    Four Fish

    by Paul Greenberg

    Acclaimed author of American Catch and The Omega Princple and life-long fisherman, Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna.

    Investigating the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, Greenberg reveals our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace.

    Four Fish offers a way for us to move toward a future in which healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

    Please bring your own chair if possible. 


    • 01/12/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Books-a-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919
    Our Final Invention

    by James Barrat

    In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies around the world are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail―human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

    Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, James Barrat's Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?


    • 02/09/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Books-a-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919
     Educated: a Memoir

    by Tara Westover

    An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

    Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 


Past events

10/20/2019 Third Sunday
10/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
10/12/2019 Adopt-A-Highway
10/06/2019 First Sunday
09/22/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
09/15/2019 Third Sunday Presentation
09/08/2019 Skeptic Book Club
09/01/2019 First Sunday Presentation
08/25/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
08/18/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
08/11/2019 Skeptic Book Club
08/04/2019 First Sunday Meeting
07/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
07/13/2019 Adopt a Highway
07/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
06/23/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
06/16/2019 NO THIRD SUNDAY MEETING
06/09/2019 Skeptic Book Club
06/02/2019 First Sunday Meeting
05/19/2019 Annual Free Public Lecture
05/12/2019 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2019 First Sunday Roundtable
04/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
04/21/2019 Third Sunday Roundtable
04/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
04/13/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
04/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
03/24/2019 Reflections
03/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
03/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
03/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
02/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
02/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
02/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/20/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
01/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
01/12/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
01/06/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/06/2019 Board of Directors meeting
12/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
12/09/2018 Skeptic Book Club
12/02/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
11/25/2018 Reflections
11/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
11/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
11/11/2018 Board of Directors meeting
11/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
10/28/2018 Reflections
10/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
10/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
10/13/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
10/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
09/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
09/02/2018 RET First Sunday Meeting
08/19/2018 Trip to Gray Fossil Site and Museum, 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, Tennessee 37615
08/12/2018 Skeptic Book Club
08/05/2018 First Sunday Meeting
07/15/2018 Online Security and Privacy
07/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
07/07/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
07/01/2018 NO RET First Sunday July 1
06/17/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
06/16/2018 Annual Summer Solstice Celebration
06/10/2018 Skeptic Book Club
06/03/2018 RET First Sunday
05/20/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
05/13/2018 Skeptic Book Club
05/06/2018 First Sunday Roundatable
05/03/2018 Annual Day of Reason Cook Out
04/29/2018 Annual Public Speaker
04/22/2018 Reflections—Discussion and Pot Luck
04/15/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
04/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
04/07/2018 Adopt A Highway on Pellissippi
04/01/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
03/25/2018 Reflections - Are our smart phones psychologically ruining us?
03/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
03/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
03/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
02/25/2018 RET Reflections
02/18/2018 Third Sunday Meetinfg
02/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
02/04/2018 Annual Membership Meeting
01/28/2018 RET Reflections
01/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
01/13/2018 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
01/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
12/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
12/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
11/19/2017 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
11/05/2017 First Sunday Meeting
10/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
10/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
10/07/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
10/01/2017 First Sunday Meeting
09/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
09/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
08/20/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
08/13/2017 Skeptic Book Club
08/06/2017 First Sunday Meeting
07/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
07/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
07/08/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
06/18/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
06/11/2017 Skeptic Book Club
06/04/2017 First Sunday Meeting
05/21/2017 Third Sunday Meeting in May
05/14/2017 Skeptic Book Club
05/07/2017 First Sunday Presentation
05/04/2017 Day of Reason Cookout
04/30/2017 Annual Public Lecture - Hemant Mehta
04/23/2017 Reflections
04/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
04/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
04/02/2017 First Sunday Presentation
04/01/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
03/26/2017 Reflections
03/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
03/12/2017 The Skeptic Book Club
03/05/2017 First Sunday "Genes, Environment and Fate: The Origins of Human DIfferences"
02/26/2017 Reflections
02/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
02/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
02/05/2017 Annual Business Meeting
01/22/2017 Reflections
01/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2017 Trash Pick Up on Pellissippi
01/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/18/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting in December
12/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
12/04/2016 First Sunday Meeting
11/27/2016 Reflections
11/20/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
11/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/06/2016 First Sunday
10/16/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting
10/09/2016 Skeptic Book Club
10/08/2016 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
10/02/2016 First Sunday: "Shifting Context: How Innocuous Legislation Becomes Controversial, Without Changing a Word"
09/18/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
09/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2016 Smoky Mountain Freethought Advance
08/28/2016 Reflections
08/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
08/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
08/07/2016 First Sunday
07/24/2016 RET Reflections
07/23/2016 RET Highway Clean-Up
07/17/2016 Third Sunday Roundtable
07/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
07/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
06/26/2016 RET Reflections
06/19/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
06/12/2016 Skeptic Book Club
06/05/2016 First Sunday Meeting
05/15/2016 RET Annual Public Meeting
05/08/2016 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2016 Bible Belt National Day of Reason Picnic
05/01/2016 First Sunday Meeting
04/24/2016 RET Reflections
04/23/2016 Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup
04/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
04/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
04/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
03/20/2016 Third Sunday Meting
03/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club
03/06/2016 First Sunday Meeting
02/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
02/16/2016 Free Thought Forum Community TV
02/14/2016 Free Thought Radio Hour
02/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/24/2016 Reflections
01/23/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/21/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
01/16/2016 Adopt A Highway clean up
01/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
12/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
12/13/2015 Free Thought Radio Hour
12/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club
12/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
11/22/2015 Reflections
11/15/2015 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/08/2015 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/01/2015 First Sunday - Movie
10/24/2015 Adopt A Highway Trash Pickup
10/18/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
10/13/2015 Shelley Segal Concert
10/11/2015 Skeptic Book Club for October
10/04/2015 First Sunday Meeting
09/24/2015 Autumnal Equinox Picnic
09/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
09/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club for September
09/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
08/16/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
08/09/2015 Skeptic Book Club for August
07/03/2015 Smoky Mountain Advance
05/17/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
11/15/2014 The Demography of Unbelief
10/31/2014 Halloween Luncheon
10/19/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/30/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/23/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/21/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/16/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/09/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/07/2014 First Sunday Meeting
09/02/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
08/26/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville

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