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.
Humanists of North Alabama News! 2019-03-14
“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests”. Epictetus
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, March 17: 2:00-3:30 pm:
Monthly Discussion meeting – Meeting this month is on the second floor of the library in the Foundation Conference Room.
We begin with introductions and announcements, reading, then discussion from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. This meeting is for serious discussion – what humanist idea is on your mind? What topic do you want scheduled for future meetings? (Looking for leadership for the discussion meeting).
“Thus the sum of things is ever being reviewed, and mortals dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life. Lucretius
Monday, March 25: 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.)
“My greatest hope regarding the future rests on the mistakes I’ve made in the past, for those are the most effective things I’ve got to build with.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
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.
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.
Our events can be found
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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!
“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” Epictetus
“My mother believed in curses, karma, good luck, bad luck, feng shui. Her amorphous set of beliefs showed me you can pick and choose the qualities of your philosophy, based on what works for you.” Amy Tan
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!
- https://nashvillenones.com/ https://nashvillenones.com/
The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.
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.
There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.
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.
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
“Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash
This American Life Episode 247 (Sept 17, 3003), Act III.
“Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen song (Revisionist History)
“Amazing Grace”, the hymn – (Studio 360, American Icons 1)
Shakespeare retold – Thriller writer Jo Nesbo’s McBeth reviewed by a Shakespeare scholar; The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani gives the author’s perspective
Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Leaves of Grass (Studio 360, icons 2 & 3)
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”
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)
Planet Money Episode #845 “REDMAP”
Tax preparation nightmare
Planet Money 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
Anti-terrorism war powers Radiolab „60 Words”
Foul shots underhanded (Revisionist History) – The Big Man Can’t Shoot
Development of basketball (99% invisible)
Development of football (Radiolab)
Baseball: The Shift: Redesigning the Baseball’s Defense
Bad Medicine Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (August 16, 2017)
Bad Medicine Part 2: Drug Trials and Tribulations (August 23, 2017)
Bad Medicine Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (August 30, 2017)
Most Kitchen Sisters Present episodes
Amazing personal stories (memoirs)
Every episode of How I Built This
God Save Texas author interview, Fresh Air April 16, Lawrence Wright
Dividing Texas into 5 states!
Revisionist History, season 3, Episode 1 Divide and Conquer
A Texas Character: Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines
Neil McGregor, Germany: Memories of a Nation, the history of Germany in 100 objects
Our fallible memories: Raconteuring: truth becomes fiction becomes truth
Revisionist History: A polite word for a liar (season 3 episode 3)
Revisionist History: Free Brian Williams (season 3 episode 4)
Steven Austad on Darwin
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.