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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-08-16

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-08-16

    “In a few seconds, we judge another person and think we know them. When, the person we’ve lived with the longest, we still don’t know very well—ourselves.” ― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

    Upcoming chapter events:

    Sunday, August 19: 2:00-3:30 pm:

    Monthly Discussion meeting – we are meeting at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, in room A/B (to the right of the lobby).

    We begin with introductions and announcements, reading, an update on our participation with Alabama Arise, then our topic. Topic to be decided at meeting.

    The discussion is from 2:00 to 3:15 pm.

    Update on Business Meeting from 3:15 to 3:30: Updates on becoming a formal organization.

     

    Monday, August 27: 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 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! A suggested topic from previous months: What does it mean to know yourself?

    Note: We are taking recommendations on locations that have an area where a group can sit together and yet be quiet enough for discussions and that serves food for a variety of preferences.

    “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
    ― Lao Tzu

    Sunday, September 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). This month selection is a continuation of “NATURE’S GOD: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic” by Matthew Stuart.

     

     

    SPECIAL EVENTS:

    Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 pm: Stand Up Live Huntsville presents comedian Ian Harris, for a great night of free thinking, science-based, and skeptical comedy!

    Use code HARRIS for discount tickets

    https://www.facebook.com/events/731986563858370/?ti=cl

     

    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:

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

     

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to us at our new organization email list: humanistsofnal@gmail.com. (We hope to be sending future emails from the new address – please add this to your safe-sender lists and address book!

    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 is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally.” ― Michel de Montaigne

     

    “What is it that makes all our quarrels end in death nowadays? Whereas our fathers knew degrees of vengeance we now begin at the end and straightway talk of nothing but killing. What causes that, if not cowardice?” ― Michel de Montaigne (1532-1592), The Complete Essays

  • Back in Room A/B June, July, and August

    We’ll be back in our usual Room A/B at the main library in June, July, and August 2018.

    Trav Hardin

  • REGISTER TODAY! The American Humanist Association’s 77th Annual Conference will take place on May 17-20, 2018 at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!

    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly

    (cross-posted from Humanists of North Alabama on Facebook)

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    December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly as we celebrate s secular holiday! All welcome tickets available at

    https://www.facebook.com/sundayassemblynashville/posts/915321838634229

    Are you a “none”? An atheist or agnostic? A free thinker? A secular humanist? Then Yule Y’all is for you!

    Sing along to songs of the season along with your favorite pop tunes and some of the best from Sunday Assembly’s past, present and future! What holiday singalong would be complete without Bruce and Mariah, the Bangles and the Bee Gees? Don’t be a grinch, there’ll be comedy from Tracy Barkley and lots of laughs along the way!

    Before and after the concert, shop for handmade, unique gifts from secular-friendly artisans. Products available include Dancing Cow soaps and lotions, handmade glass ornaments and frames, wooden trays, signs, and home decor, beaded and gemstone jewelry, and scented candles. We even have a publisher bringing books by some of your favorite secular writers, as well as the perfect stocking stuffer: a secular coloring book. This will be your chance to find that fun, different gift and support a small local businessperson.

    Children welcome! We will have activities for kids three and older, plus the Grinch will be making an appearance.

    Yule Y’all will be held at Unity Church, 5125 Franklin Pk, Nashville, 37220.

    The Yule Market opens at 5:00 for shopping before the music starts, the concert starts at 6:00, and there will be time for shopping afterwards as well.

    Tickets are available here: http://tinyurl.com/YuleYall

  • 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
  • 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

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

    thomaspaine
  • 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)