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  • Our April 14 Book Club meeting — 2 to 4 p.m. — Klaus Heimburg will present

    Our April 14 Book Club meeting — 2 to 4 p.m. — Klaus Heimburg will present
    1) Guidelines for Red-Blue Conversations
    2) Civics 102
    In Klaus’ words: “I have not had much success in talking to friends who are conservative, Republican, or otherwise anti-government (the Red persuasion). In thinking about my failures, I realize that part of the time it was my fault for lack of adequate “psychic preparation” for the conversation, and part of the time it was because my conversation partner and I didn’t have enough of a common footing for our conversation.
    I have put together a summary of my thoughts on both of these aspects. For the “psychic preparation” portion, I have a list of “Guidelines for a Red Blue Conversation”. For the missing common understanding aspect, I have compiled a list of common understandings/perspectives which I am calling “Civics 102.” If Civics 101 is about the three branches of government and the designed-in checks and balances between them, Civics 102 is a list of ideas which brings checks and balances into the modern age of political economy, and tempers the ideal with the real.Please note: I am not an expert in either of the two subject areas, nor have I researched them. This collection of ideas grew out of my trying to figure out why I find constructive red blue conversations such a challenge. It is a work in progress.”

    The location is the usual Room A/B, Huntsville main library. Posted by Travis H

  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2019-04-07


    “Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.” — Walter Scott

    Sunday April 14: 2:00-4:00 pm:

    Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group. Usually meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. This meeting is focused on books, magazine articles, podcasts, and other published information of interest to Humanists. 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).

    Sunday, April 20: 1:00-3:30 pm:

    No regular meeting – Library is closed for Easter.

    However, if you are looking for secular companionship on Easter, Travis Hardin invites you to an off-list Monty Python Review at his apartment at 1 p.m.

    After a leisurely late lunch, we’ll view (and sing along with?) videos of famous songs and scenes including The Galaxy Song, Every Sperm is Sacred, and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – the latter particularly appropriate for Easter, as it was sung by Brian while he was being crucified. Brian was a character born in the stable adjacent to Jesus who spends his life being mistaken for a messiah in the 1979 Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Only clips, not whole movies, will be offered. Bring your favorite to share on Flash Drive or the internet link, or other entertainment fellow humanists might like.

    Trav will make a main dish, and there will be deviled eggs, a dessert, and cold drinks. Attendees are welcome to bring more.

    Space is limited to nine guests, so please RSVP on Meetup or by phone to Travis at 683-8038. Directions will be sent to you when you respond.

    Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be. Rebecca Solnit

    Monday, April 22: 6:00-7:30pm:

    Philosophy Café. Open and relaxed discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. We are meeting at KEEGAN’S OF HUNTSVILLE, 200 West Side Square, Suite 60, Huntsville, AL 35801. An assortment of salads, sandwiches, Irish inspired fare, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). http://www.keeganshuntsville.com/ New faces are always welcome. (PS – Happy Hour ends at 6 – you might want to arrive a few minutes early.)

    Other local events of interest:

    There are two local Meetups devoted to learning about and practicing specific philosophies. One is the Epicurean Friends of Huntsville, and the other is the Stoic Fellowship of Huntsville. Meetup membership is required to get information.

    Other Information:

    The Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed FaceBook 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:

    Humanists of North Alabama Meetup

    Huntsville, AL
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    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

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    “Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.”   Arthur Schopenhauer

  • First Virtual AHA conference, June 7-9, 2019

    The first virtual AHA Conference will come to us from 5 universities nationwide over three days. Please see the FAQ at the link. We’ll schedule group viewings locally in Huntsville and will be looking for home hosts with nice big computer screens.

    https://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • NanoCon is tomorrow, March 23

    and is free when you enter the code AA or SA in the registration. See https://nashvillenones.com/

  • Two Weeks to NanoCon!

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

    thomaspaine

  • Civil forfeiture is dead or weakened

    Civil forfeiture is dead, says the US Supreme Court, but it will continue to writhe and bite in Alabama. That’s my guess.

    Curtailing civil forfeiture is a focus of Alabama Arise which has the support of Humanists of North Alabama through our representative Stan Brockway,who proposed a focus on that issue to Arise last fall.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-says-constitutional-protection-against-excessive-fines-applies-to-state-actions/2019/02/20/204ce0d4-3522-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?utm_term=.7fa6ec9e1279

  • A new batch of podcasts collected by Klaus

    (Posted by Travis at the request of Klaus Heimberg)

    Best Podcasts sorted by subject (as of 6/16/18)

    Note: links are for introductions to the episodes, and for playing the episode on your computer. To download episodes to your phone, go to your usual podcast source

     

    Music

    “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash

    This American Life Episode 247 (Sept 17, 3003), Act III.
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/247/what-is-this-thing

    “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen song (Revisionist History)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah

    “Amazing Grace”, the hymn – (Studio 360, American Icons 1)

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-19/american-icons-amazing-grace

     

    Literature

    Shakespeare retold – Thriller writer Jo Nesbo’s McBeth  reviewed by a Shakespeare scholar;  The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani  gives the author’s perspective

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/books/review/jo-nesbo-macbeth-leila-slimani-perfect-nanny-podcast.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fbook-review-podcast&action=click&contentCollection=podcasts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Leaves of Grass (Studio 360, icons 2 & 3)

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-19/american-icons-amazing-grace

    Black Cake – Emily Dickenson

    Kitchen Sisters #62

     

    International political economy

    China’s strategy in the world market

    Planet Money #837 “The Belt, the Road, and the Money”

    Russia’s fake news strategy

    Planet money #790  “Rough Translation in Ukraine”

    The US Government sugar subsidy

    Planet money #454  “The Lollipop War”

    Tariffs

    Planet Money #833  “Worst. Tariffs. Ever.”

    Terrorism and Social Media

    Fresh Air Wed. June 6, 2018 “How a former FBI agent used Twitter to fight Terrorism”

    In-depth reporting on terrorism; transformation of a Canadian teenager into a terrorist, etc.

    Podcast series “Caliphate” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/podcasts/caliphate-isis-rukmini-callimachi.html

     

    US Politics (Civics 102)

    Gerrymandering

    Planet Money Episode #845 “REDMAP”

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

    Tax preparation nightmare

    Planet Money Episode 760  “Tax Hero”

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/03/22/521132960/episode-760-tax-hero

    The social security number

    Planet Money #830  “XXX-XX-XXXX”

    Identity politics – a losing strategy (for democrats)

    Mark Lilla on New Yorker radio hour

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-conversation-with-mark-lilla-on-his-critique-of-identity-politics

    Anti-terrorism war powers  Radiolab „60 Words”

    https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/60-words/

     

    Sports

    Foul shots underhanded (Revisionist History) –  The Big Man Can’t Shoot

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/03-the-big-man-cant-shoot

    Development of basketball  (99% invisible)

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/yin-yang-basketball/

    Development of football  (Radiolab)

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/who-are-we-carlisle-carlisle-carlisle/

    Baseball: The Shift: Redesigning the Baseball’s Defense

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/shift-redesigning-baseballs-defense/

     

    Medicine, Healthcare

    Bad Medicine Part 1: The Story of 98.6   (August 16, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-1-story-rebroadcast/

    Bad Medicine Part 2: Drug Trials and Tribulations  (August 23, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-2-drug-trials-tribulations-rebroadcast/

    Bad Medicine Part 3: Death by Diagnosis  (August 30, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-3-death-diagnosis-rebroadcast/

     

    Folk culture

    Most Kitchen Sisters Present episodes

     

    Amazing personal stories (memoirs)

    Every episode of How I Built This

     

    Texas

    God Save Texas author interview, Fresh Air April 16, Lawrence Wright

    https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2018/04/16/602837501/fresh-air-for-april-16-2018-lawrence-wright-the-future-is-texas

    Dividing Texas into 5 states!

    Revisionist History, season 3, Episode 1 Divide and Conquer

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/21-divide-and-conquer

    A Texas Character: Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines

    https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-public-radio/how-i-built-this/e/48306996

     

     

    Germany

    Neil McGregor, Germany: Memories of a Nation, the history of Germany in 100 objects

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dwbwz/episodes/downloads

     

    Our fallible memories: Raconteuring:  truth becomes fiction becomes truth

    Revisionist History:  A polite word for a liar (season 3 episode 3)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/23-a-polite-word-for-liar-memory-part-1

    Revisionist History:  Free Brian Williams (season 3 episode 4)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/24-free-brian-williams

     

  • Steven Austad on Darwin

    An eloquent and educated defender of Darwin living in Alabama. Heavens!  The link was taken down. It was:
     http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/darwin_and_the_eyes_have_it
    Steven Austad has written more than one article. Here is an example, “The Not-So-Observable Universe”
  • 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

  • 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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    Videos

    Videos We Like

    What is Christianity? Sam Harris Interviews Bart Ehrman  – podcast #125

    —– 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)