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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-05-12

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-05-12

    Food for thought:

    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”. Mahatma Gandhi

    Upcoming events:

    • Sunday, May 14: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby).

    This month the group is sharing what they have read and what they recommend.
    Come to enjoy some snacks and hopefully leave learning about something new!

    “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”  ― Bob Dylan

     

    • Sunday, May 21: 2:00-3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Open discussion.

     

    • Monday, May 22: 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. This month we are meeting at “Sam & Gregs” at 119 Northside Square. An assortment of pizzas, gelato, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!

     

    Other Information:

    We have created the Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/876732872431530/

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

     

    Other community events:

     

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (currently meeting at Las Parrillas)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/
    • Currently on summer break from meeting

     

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

     

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

     

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

     

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

     

    “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”  Louis Pasteur

  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-04-06

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-04-06

    Food for thought:

    “The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.”
     Penn Jillette

    Upcoming events:    

    • Sunday, April 9: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). 

    The April selection is “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (By: Yuval Noah Harari) [published: September, 2014]

    Come to enjoy some snacks and hopefully leave learning about something new!

    “The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence.” James Joseph Sylvester

    • We are not meeting in April for the monthly discussion (due to Easter and library closures.)

     

    • Monday, April 25: 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. This month we are meeting at “Sam & Gregs” at 119 Northside Square. An assortment of pizzas, gelato, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!

     

    Other Information:

    We have created the Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/876732872431530/

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

    Other community events:

    From their FaceBook event page:

    April 22 (Saturday) 1:00 to 2:00: The March for Science: Rocket City is a local chapter of the National March for Science, focused on celebrating the unique STEM-oriented culture we have here in our area, encouraging our elected representatives to enact evidence-based policy in line with that culture, and supporting local organizations which promote science and tirelessly work to make science accessible to people of all ages.

     

    In recognition of that STEM heritage, we’ll be marching from the our great local research institution of UAH to Huntsville’s own Space and Rocket Center.

     

    This is a truly non-partisan, family friendly march that isn’t focused on any singular science related issue, this is about reminding our representatives how important well-funded, empirical, peer reviewed science of all kinds is to our economic success.

     

    Upon conclusion of the march, we encourage attendees to support local landmark science-based institutions such as the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, The Huntsville Botanical Gardens, our lovely State Parks, and others.

     

    More info, as well as tips for the march at http://rocketcitysciencemarch.org/


    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (currently meeting at Las Parrillas)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/
    • Currently meeting at 6PM on the fourth Thursdays at Newk’s on University Drive.

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

    “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder”  Ronald Reagan

     

  • Annual Conference — June 8-11, 2017

    AHA Annual Conference 2017 - Charleston, SC
  • AHA Conference 2016 — May 26-29 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.

    http://us15.campaign-archive2.com/?u=224d16df93e27a15ad0972839&id=4772b47f55&e=e7ce3bffca

     

    Kudos to the Madison County Democrats, who have invited Rep. Brooks to a town hall on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm at the main library auditorium!

    The room has been reserved, deposits have been paid, the invitation has been submitted, and the invitation graphic is in process.

    Put it on your calendar now.
    There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
  • Annual Conference — June 8-11, 2017

    AHA Annual Conference 2017 - Charleston, SC
  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

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  • Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times

    http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/ask_an_atheist_huntsville.html

  • Steven Austad on Darwin

    An eloquent and educated defender of Darwin living in Alabama. Heavens! Steven Austad has written more than one article.
     
    http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/darwin_and_the_eyes_have_it
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  • Fundamental Principles of Modern Humanism – Amsterdam Declaration – 2002


    Amsterdam Declaration 2002
    is a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002.

    If you are not familiar with the outlines of humanism, please check out the other humanist manifestos. You can start in Wikipedia.

    The Amsterdam Declaration

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gay-marriage-and-other-major-rulings-at-the-supreme-court/2015/06/25/ef75a120-1b6d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?tid=magnet

    Couples looking for an Alabama wedding officiant — please consult our list on this site.

     

  • Sir Julian Huxley:

    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    —– Live March 30, 2013 —–

    ASU Origins — The Storytelling of Science     1:30

    The Storytelling of Science — part 2 or 2 — audience questions and answers

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)