1. FoFDallas August 2011 Gathering

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    Monthly topic: "Elevator Etiquette." A thorough analysis and discussion of the events and issues surrounding "Elevatorgate," the conflict between Richard Dawkins and Rebecca Watson, the treatment of women and minorities within the secular community, perceived or actual privilege, and potential reasons for inequality in participation. Speakers include: Alix Jules, Dr. Justin Fisher, Melanie Clemmer, Dr. Jean Kazez. Also appearing: The Faithless Companions.

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    • Maria Proctor at Embiggen Books

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      The Humanist Society of Queensland (HSQ) is an association of non-religious people who seek a rational constructive approach to all human affairs. Humanism offers a positive alternative to all religions and dogmatic creeds. It acts to defend freedom of opinion and the expression of that opinion; as well as every civil liberty of the individual. It supports via legislation any other democratic and constitutional means to improve social conditions. It supports the widest conception of education for all people for the better understanding and enjoyment of human life. Maria Proctor travels to Embiggen Books to give a one hour talk on the development of Humanist thought throughout history and the moral principles of Humanism. Maria has recently taken the reigns as president of The Humanist Society of Queensland. This year their goal is to change government policy with the ambitious plan of completely secularising the public school system in Queensland, ending 100 years of religious privilege in State schools by reversing the decision made in 1910 to take the word 'secular' out of the Public Education Act. This is the fifth talk to be held at Embiggen Books, home of the Sunshine Coast Skeptics Society.

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      • An Ethic of Love 9/9/12 - The Humanist Community at Harvard

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        Our year-long series kicks off with this introductory panel exploring how Humanism compares to religion as an ethical approach to meeting our greatest human need: the need for love. Panelists include Boston Globe writer Meredith Goldstein, author of the extremely popular “Love Letters” column, and novel The Singles; Tom Matlack, founder of the Good Men Project; Michael DeDora, Director of Public Policy for the Center for Inquiry; Mary Johnson, former nun under Mother Theresa and now Humanist author of An Unquenchable Thirst. Moderated by Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and author of Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.

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        • Should Schools Teach Creationism

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          The debate over Creationism is one of the hottest flashpoints in the battle between secularism and religion. While the US has seen extended conflict over the theory of evolution, new challenges to Darwinism under the guise of intelligent design (ID) have arisen in the UK. Concerns centre on school science education, from Sir Peter Vardy's Emmanuel Schools Foundation to the controversial teaching packs distributed by the anti-evolution group Truth in Science. Although the Royal Society and much of the scientific establishment have denounced the teaching of Creationism, and the Royal Society's embattled director of education resigned last year after causing controversy by suggesting teachers should discuss Creationism in class, a recent MORI poll revealed that over 40% of the public believe that creationism or ID should be taught alongside evolution in school science classes. While few seriously endorse the literal Biblical story of Creation, ID on the other hand claims to highlight Darwinism's shortcomings on scientific grounds. Evolution is 'just a theory' after all. Surely in the spirit of encouraging critical thinking we should 'teach the controversy'? As science is about questioning received truths rather than establishing certainties for all time, does this not permit a more flexible approach to science education, where debate is encouraged? Further, the sheer complexity of evolutionary theory leads ID advocates to claim it is best to cultivate a critical eye in pupils, rather than have them take as truth a misunderstood Darwinian theory. Is science, or 'scientism', just as fundamentalist as religion, arrogantly claiming to know everything, or are doubts such as these a reflection of scientists' failure to make the case properly for what science does have to offer? Is this merely another case of the 'balance fallacy' the mistaken belief that even falsehoods should be given air time? Or should schools teach creationism in science lessons? Speakers: * Alex McLellan, Founder and Executive Director of Reason Why * Dave Perks, Head of Physics at Graveney School in London * Christopher Brookmyre, Novellist, including Boiling a Frog * Julian Baggini, writer and philosopher * Marc Surtees, Paradigm Shift * Chair - Dr Tiffany Jenkins, Institute of Ideas

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          • Should schools teach Creationism?

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            Debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and the Humanist Society Scotland. Held in the National Library of Scotland in February 2009 almost exactly 200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin. The debate over Creationism is one of the hottest flashpoints in the battle between secularism and religion. While the US has seen extended conflict over the theory of evolution, new challenges to Darwinism under the guise of intelligent design (ID) have arisen in the UK. Concerns centre on school science education, from Sir Peter Vardy's Emmanuel Schools Foundation to the controversial teaching packs distributed by the anti-evolution group Truth in Science. Although the Royal Society and much of the scientific establishment have denounced the teaching of Creationism, and the Royal Society's embattled director of education resigned last year after causing controversy by suggesting teachers should discuss Creationism in class, a recent MORI poll revealed that over 40% of the public believe that creationism or ID should be taught alongside evolution in school science classes. While few seriously endorse the literal Biblical story of Creation, ID on the other hand claims to highlight Darwinism's shortcomings on scientific grounds. Evolution is 'just a theory' after all. Surely in the spirit of encouraging critical thinking we should 'teach the controversy'? As science is about questioning received truths rather than establishing certainties for all time, does this not permit a more flexible approach to science education, where debate is encouraged? Further, the sheer complexity of evolutionary theory leads ID advocates to claim it is best to cultivate a critical eye in pupils, rather than have them take as truth a misunderstood Darwinian theory. Is science, or 'scientism', just as fundamentalist as religion, arrogantly claiming to know everything, or are doubts such as these a reflection of scientists' failure to make the case properly for what science does have to offer? Is this merely another case of the 'balance fallacy' the mistaken belief that even falsehoods should be given air time? Or should schools teach creationism in science lessons? Speakers: * Alex McLellan, Founder and Executive Director of Reason Why * Dave Perks, Head of Physics at Graveney School in London * Christopher Brookmyre, Novellist, including Boiling a Frog * Julian Baggini, writer and philosopher * Marc Surtees, Edinburgh Creation Group and Paradigm Shift * Chair - Dr Tiffany Jenkins, Institute of Ideas We apologise for camera motion in the debate. Due to the high demand for seats and fire regulations we were unable to use tripods for this recording.

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            • On the Humanism of Networked Cities

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              “On the Humanism of Networked Cities” Malcolm McCullough, Associate Professor of Architecture University of Michigan Keynote talk, University of Kentucky February 15, 2013 6:30-8:00pm

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              • A Letter to a Pagan City

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                This video shows incredible footage of Edinburgh's Pagan fire festival, which draws over 12,000 people. It also features photos of a government assisted evolution museum that sells books on astrology, tarot, Feng Shui and ghosts. Phil Holden investigates the rise of Paganism in Edinburgh. Edinburgh was at the centre of the Enlightenment movement and was also the city where Charles Darwin was educated. During the Enlightenment in the 18th century philosophers and scientists agreed that it was unreasonable to consider that God might be a cause of things. Whilst you might expect the result would be a very rational city, it seems the opposite has happened and Edinburgh appears to be one of Europe's most superstitious cities. Whatever your own perspective: Humanist, New Age, Agnostic or religious this video is a must see. For more information please see: http://edinburghcreationgroup.org/back-to-nature.php

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                • Raya Dunayevskaya: Biography of an Idea (2012)

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                  Biography of an Idea is an essay-film about the ideas of the philosopher, activist, and feminist Raya Dunayevskaya. The film’s title and content follow from Dunayevskaya’s declaration that her biography “is the biography of an idea.” Dunayevskaya was the author of Marxism and Freedom, from 1776 to Today; Philosophy and Revolution, from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao; Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution; American Civilization on Trial, Black Masses as Vanguard, and many other works.

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                  • EL SACERDOTE DEL PESAR - film

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                    El sacerdote Boerre Knudsen es el más famoso de los activistas anti-aborto en Noruega. Su cruzada de 30 años para defender a los niños no nacidos lo obligó a renunciar a su puesto de sacerdote en la Iglesia del Estado y a abandonar su casa en el norte de Noruega junto a su familia. ”El sacerdote del pesar” es un film acerca de la lucha por los ideales sin pensar en las consecuencias. Acerca del costo de ir contra la corriente y de las profundas secuelas sobre esa persona y los que la rodean. Duration: 1h 20 min. Director: Fridtjof Kjæreng

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