Freethinkers, it's time for our August meeting. As usual we took July off due to vacations and summer fun. Now it's time to get back to what we do best: promoting critical thinking, science, and freethought.If you're in the area, you can meet me and lots of other cool freethinkers in person. Bring money for your dinner, because we go out to eat after the meeting for some awesome dinner conversation (and usually thai food).
This month we have a full agenda.
Doug Krueger will give us a report on his visit to James Randi's skeptics conference, also known as The Amazing Meeting 7. Doug met many famous freethinkers, and he's got the pictures to prove it. He also saw a Danish psychic, live and onstage, try out for the million dollar prize for a demonstration of the paranormal. Did she pass the test? Doug will tell us. (Hint: No.)
Leonard Schulte will explain to us how we have no choice but to cease belief in free will, in part 2 of his "Letting Go of Freedom." (Part 1 was in June.) Leonard's view is that believing in free will is no more justifiable than believing in a deity. He will explain and defend his arguments.
Darrel Henschell will examine some popular health care myths floating around, especially those related to Canada. Darrel has been researching in Canada this summer, and he and his wife even went so far as to be born in Canada and live there for five decades just to get the credentials for this presentation. Is the Canadian system over-hyped, or is it frought with insurmountable obstacles, as we see
so much on the "news?" Darrel will give us his best shot at an objective analysis.
Bill Harter, our resident freethinking physicist, will give us a talk about lasers, and the physics that allows us to create them. He promises to keep it simple!
We will be honoring and remembering a fascinating freethinker by watching 70-minute biographical film about magician and inventor Jerry Andrus. Andrus was a staple of The Amazing Meeting series of conventions, and he passed away in 2007. This biography explores the life and work of this freethinker--who was a founding member of a freethinker organization in Oregon. Andrus also created many optical illusions. Doug will bring one for us to pass around.
Our group and some new ones made the front page of the paper. You can read the article here:
Freethinker Meeting Details:
When: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Where: The Fayetteville Public Library. 401 W. Mountain
St. (two blocks west of the town square).
Time: 2:00 pm
Room: The Walker Room. This is the main meeting room. Go in the front door, through the lobby and go to your right. You can bring a snack or coffee from Arsaga's in the library lobby.
We'll decide a dinner location after the meeting.
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