Freethinkers Book Club

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) would like to welcome the Freethinkers Book Club to our list of events. The Freethinkers Book Club will be hosted via HCCO's meetup and mentioned on HCCO's website.

 

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  • Ed S.

    Global Temperatures Are the Hottest on Record for a Fifth Month This Year. This is in today's Time Magazine - http://time.com/3598872/global-temperatures-are-the-hottest-on-record-for-a-fifth-month-this-year/?xid=newsletter-brief

    November 21

  • Ed S.

    November 22

    • ART M.

      5 minutes to explain basic idea, 5 decades and counting to understand if net feedback is positive or negative. http://wattsupwiththa...­

      November 29

  • Ed S.

    Crane, the 4th largest polluter, believes climate change is real and is doing something about it.
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2014/11/28/power-company-ceo-fights-climate-change.html

    November 28

    • ART M.

      I’m all for testing any reasonable idea in pilot scale since both “true believers” and “grant seekers” ideas can look good on paper(in the computer). There is a lot more CO2 than can be used in cement (or concrete-bothers me when people don’t know difference)but it would be significant if it works. CO2 injection looks risky and expensive to me. If CO2 is a problem thorium still looks like the best bet to me but that needs to be pilot tested also.
      http://spectrum.ieee....­

      November 29

  • Sara K. S.

    Sorry, I could not make it. Maybe not a good bet for regular attendance.

    November 22

  • Alex

    Crap, work and other stuff snuck up on me....sorry

    November 20

  • Ed S.

    I have a power point on a jump drive that I would like to share at the book club. Does anyone have a laptop that they could bring that I could use?

    November 19

    • ART M.

      Got one with windows7 if it's not too long.

      November 20

    • ART M.

      and office 2003

      November 20

  • Jack

    I don't, and I don't think my Kindle Fire can support the software.

    November 20

  • Pat M.

    Here are links to two Sierra Club fact sheets.
    1) How Nuclear Power Worsens Climate Change
    https://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/sites/content.sierraclub.org.activistnetwork/files/teams/documents/SierraNuclearClimate%20%284%29.pdf

    2) The Front End of Nuclear Power — Beyond Uranium Mining and Milling (Shows some of the carbon footprint of nuclear power and its overlap with nuclear weapons.) https://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/sites/content.sierraclub.org.activistnetwork/files/teams/documents/SierraNuclearFrontEnd%20Conversion-Enrichment-Fuel%20Fabrication.pdf

    November 11

    • ART M.

      Comments I made on 11/4 had links which disputed parts of the first paper on load following and cooling.
      Most of the items listed in the second paper are the result of decisions made during and after WWII and will have to be solved (if necessary, some are just statements of fact I suspect are made to sound scary--27 T of U vs ~470,000 T of coal) regardless of future generating methods. Even the pressurized light water design evolved because the Navy had a working system that also generated Pu for weapons. Thorium was dropped even though it looked promising for power generation. We should be pleased that most of the time it's "swords into plowshares" and seldom plowshares into swords.

      http://www.washington...­

      November 13

    • ART M.

      Using plutonium as fuel is the option (of 5 considered by DOE-others various methods of disposal) that destroys it and meets Russian treaty obligations.

      We may be getting off track here, lets talk about global warming, then discuss what to do if it is a serious and or urgent problem.

      November 13

  • Pat M.

    I volunteer with the Sierra Club and am on the Club's national Nuclear Free Campaign core team. I'll bring along our fact sheet on how nuclear power worsens climate change. Here is a great book I am reading and highly recommend--Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate". Cols library has the book and audio book. She says all work for social justice is intertwined with helping avoid climate change.

    1 · October 21

  • Jack

    It's fine for this meeting to read articles, not necessarily full length books. It is meant to be an informed discussion on climate change, with everyone bringing their own opinions, data etc. I encourage everyone to read something listed from all sides, but I hope this meeting will encourage everyone to think which is really the whole idea behind the group. ; )

    1 · November 11

  • Jack

    I am trying to get ahead of the Holidays so the December read will be December's book will be
    "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism" by Susan Jacoby.

    November 6

  • Cara (Karen I.

    I suggest that everyone see "Inconvenient Truth", the film, if they haven't seen it already.....or maybe watch it again. Lots of science in easily understood language.

    October 24

    • ART M.

      Try Lomborg's books Skeptical Environmentalist or Cool It (also a movie) and court decision on Gore movie for balance. http://www.theguardia...­

      November 2

  • Doris

    Suggestions for books to read: The Borderlands of Science by Michael Shermer; American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll by Orvin Larson; Mortality by Christopher Hitchens; The Man Who Found Time by Jack Repcheck; Are We Rome? by Cullen Murphy; Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl; What Would the Founder's Do? by Richard Brookhiser; The Ladies of Seneca Falls by Miriam Gurko; The End of Education by Neil Portman; If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother by Julia Sweeney

    October 25

  • Cara (Karen I.

    We are fortunate to have a climate science expert at OSU. Dr. Lonnie Thompson. He is with the Bryd Research Center. I heard him speak at a Sierra Club event. Pat was probably at the same event! Search for him.

    October 21

  • Rita M.

    Off to Skepticon that day. Have fun!

    October 21

  • Jack

    Reminder to all, keep conversations civil, respectful, and based on the tenets that as "freethinkers" we look at all sides and make decisions not based on politics, religion, or emotion, but on the evidence. Sort of.

    October 18

  • Jack

    This is it. This is going to be the meeting where we decide once and for all whether climate change is real, if Humans are doing it, and whether we should actually be worried about it. We are going to follow a different format, if you look at last months meetup, there are links to different views and evidence in support or disagreement of climate change. I am not choosing a specific "book" but I will let readers submit their best arguments and evidence for the next meetup. I suggest "Unstoppable Global Warming" by Dennis Avery for the argument the climate is changing but not at the hand of humans, "Merchants of Doubt" by Naomi Oreskes for a broader view of scientific shenanigans including climate change, and this link also links to many articles regarding information in support of manmade climate change..http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/07/28/602151/bombshell-koch-funded-study-finds-global-warming-is-real-on-the-high-end-and-essentially-all-due-to-carbon-pollution/

    October 18

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