CLHG e-reminder 4th January 2012 + Central Talk

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REMINDER

Wednesday 4th January
6:30 PM
Penderel's Oak
[masked] High Holborn WC1V 7PF, London (map)
 
Every first Wednesday of the month we meet for a social evening at a central London pub.Drop by if you're non-religious and you would like to meet like-minded people in... Learn more



Central Talk


 

EUROPEAN 

HUMANIST 

FEDERATION

 

DIALOGUE OF THE DEAF
See EHF report here
and video made by Centre d'Action Laique  here
We have put our name to a letter of protest being organised by www.egale.eu

Also

EHF General Assembly and Conference: 24-27 May 2012: Utrecht, Netherlands:
On the last weekend of May 2012 the Humanistisch Verbond (Humanist Association, Netherlands)...
read more

SCENE IN FRANCE


"BUT WHO WANTS THE ENGLISH IN EUROPE?"
Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical newpaper. This front page cartoon was brought to my attention by Jean Luc a friend and neighbour. We  sat and talked awhile. He was surprised by some  of the prejudices that I said many English people had about the French. He also didn't seem to understand how France and twenty five other European counries could be so wrong about things. I also don't think he could appreciate how  England  was once again  having to stand  alone against... oh well... maybe it isn't all that easy to understand,
UPCOMING EVENTS FROM THE BHA:
Saturday 14 Jan 2012
Beyond the Veil - a closer look at spirits, mediums and ghosts
A day conference,  Conway Hall
Information http://www.humanism.org.uk/
meet-up/events/view/168?page=1


'Blasphemy!' - blasphemy, religious hatred, and human rights: who speaks for the sacred?
Saturday  28th January 2012
A day conference, Conway Hall, 
information- http://www.humanism.org.uk/
meet-up/events/view/169?page=1

Creation: synthetic biology and the origin of life
BHA 2012 Darwin Day Lecture by
Dr Adam Rutherford
8th February 2012Congress Hall, Congress Centre 28 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS
information- http://www.humanism.org.uk/meet-up/events/view/167?page=1

SOUTH WEST LONDON GROUP
Thursday 12th January
11am Coffee morning
for details see here



WoodyAllenJesus
Tim Minchin song mocking Christ pulled from Jonathan Ross' Christmas special
see it here courtesy Daily Telegraph!


Harvard Community Project

I think this is an interesting and informative contribution from our friends in Harvard:
FRAMING FOR FREETHINKERS
Part of a Series: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook

Summary:

  • Cognitive linguist George Lakoff argues that Human thinking is fundamentally metaphorical.

  • Frames are “the mental structures by which we understand and interact with the world.”

  • Framing in politics is the act of selecting particular metaphors, images etc. which activate associations we want to activate regarding our issues.

  • If we don’t frame our movement, others will.

  • We must not accept the frames of others uncritically.

  • We must stress the moral core of our message, and our positive values.

  • Look to Thinking Points, a free book from George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute, for a more detailed analysis of framing.

To read more go here

MAKEOVER FOR UHST WEBSITE
Thanks to Andrew West the website is looking great.
You can see it at:  http://www.
ugandahumanistschoolstrust.org/
Resolution Revolution', a new initiative from the British Humanist Association (BHA), is an exciting way to help make sure that we all make the most of next year and get involved in the things that are important to us by making a new kind of resolution, one with a twist, and resolving to do something for someone else in 2012. It can be simply baking a cake for an elderly neighbour or relative, or coaching a sport, or helping out at a club for young people, or giving blood - what better way to share and be involved in society? Lots more ideas, including some from Al Murray, Ed Byrne and Richard Herring, and the simple steps to help everyone see their resolution through can be found at www.resolution-revolution.org.uk.
AMERICAN ATHEISTS MUST DEFINE THEMSELVES
Interesting article in the Washington Post by Susan Jacoby, distinguished author  of, among other books, the definitive  "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism"

"...The large audience for the writings of atheists, most notably Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, has led many American pundits, preachers and politicians to exaggerate the influence of secular thought in the culture as a whole. I only wish they were right. For the warriors of the Christian right, in particular, this exaggeration serves the purpose of presenting themselves as victims in a nation where they in fact wield a power that they do not enjoy anywhere else in the developed world.

For a true measure of the limited influence exerted by atheism on popular culture, one need only turn to the closing bestseller lists for 2011. Leading the “nonfiction” New York Times paperback bestseller list (having been on the list for 56 weeks) is “Heaven Is for Real,” written by the minister-father of a 4-year-old boy who supposedly went to heaven during an emergency appendectomy and saw Jesus (“he had the brightest blue eyes”) and his baby sister, who was actually never born into this world because his mother suffered a miscarriage. This book is also No. 4 on the bestseller list of picture books for small children...."

Read more here


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