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FREETHOUGHT ARIZONA

Phil A.
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Sedona, AZ
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The subject group has it's monthly mtg this Jan 20. We usually attend a few times per year, go to Tucson late Sat and take a motel nearby the mtg site. The program starts at 8:00 AM and is described fully below.



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Our public events are held at Duval Auditorium, 1501 North Campbell Avenue. They are FREE to all but donations are appreciated. Parking is free in the visitor parking structure (A) on weekends. See map

8-8:45 am – Café FreeThought (note name change) (BYOC). Get-together where the participants discuss issues dealing with the intersection of religion, politics and culture.

9-10:15 – Richard Johnson, PhD., will discuss his new book

The Human Identity Problem:

How God became the centerpiece of a world view

Humans are the only species who are capable of considering their own existence – of forming a self-identity. Intuition has historically been the wellspring of notions which address rhetorical questions about our identity and purpose. These concepts are embodied in classical religion. However, Darwin’s publication of Origin of the Species in 1859, profoundly changed the nature of our identity. Suddenly, we became “just another part” of the natural world. The theory of evolution is well founded but is denied by a majority of people the world over. The Human Identity Problem discusses the consequences which face humanity if we continue to misconstrue our own identity.

10:15-Noon Gil Shapiro will present a lecture titled:

Faith—The Greatest Imposter



What is it all about? Is there a God? Is there meaning and purpose in life? Is there an afterlife, a heaven or hell? Most people are convinced that “faith” provides correct answers to these ultimate questions. This lecture will make the case that “faith” cannot provide these answers because it is neither a valid nor reliable pathway to knowledge. Strong evidence will show that “faith” is not what it appears or claims to be. And, because “faith” fools, deceives and doesn’t deliver what it promises, it is rightly called “The Greatest Imposter.”



Noon: Lunch (available in the UMC Cafeteria: good food at good prices!)



1PM – Movie: A video of Stephen Fry's thank-you address to the Humanist Chaplaincy of Harvard, and the corresponding awarding of their Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award to him. Stephen Fry is the English actor and comedian famous for his many roles opposite Hugh Laurie, as narrator for the Harry Potter audiobooks and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe film, and most recently as the Master of Lake Town in The Hobbit.



Upcoming FreeThought AZ events:

February 17th – Dr. Jay Quade – Darwin Day and the Search for Early Humans in Ethiopia



March 9th & 10th – Tucson Festival of Books on the University campus.

If you have any FreeThought books or magazines that you no longer need, please bring them to the January or February meeting as we can use them in our booth.



March 10th – Chris Mooney – The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality (or similar).

Check his website. www.waronscience.com/author.php

ALSO, If yo plan to attend, read the following:
We need YOUR HELP (not your money, this time) to reach a potential audience of 100,000 people at the Tucson Festival of Books(TFOB).


FreeThought Arizona is taking its message to a new and wider audience by sponsoring a big double booth at the Tucson Festival of Books. Last year, over 100,000 people attended this two-day free to public event on the Mall of the University of Arizona.


This year, the TFOB will be on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday March 10th from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.


FreeThought Arizona (that’s you) is committed to making our message available and accessible through print materials and media, and to demonstrate that people who identify with FreeThought are friendly, reasonable and willing to engage in a positive way.


However, we need YOUR HELP (not dollars) with those materials and also those friendly faces.


Can you please help with:


BOOKS---We want to make available for a very nominal fee (or free) to the attendees, books that will help to convey our message of reason, science, separation of church and state, etc. So please go to your “crowded” book shelf and review those great books that you haven’t looked at in a very long time and want to share with others. Bring them to the January 20th or February 17th DuVal meeting, so we can box them up to be taken to the TFOB.


MAGAZINES—Always hate to throw out those old issues of Free Inquiry, Humanist, FFRF Newsletter, or American Atheist? Bring them with you to the January 20th or February 17th DuVal Events so that we can get them (free) into the hands of people at the TFOB who may be thinking-----


VOLUNTEERS—Look at your calendar and make a personal commitment to attend a wonderful event on March 9th or 10th, but most of all to spend a few hours at our big double booth interacting with people, handing out materials, smiling, joining in on conversations with anyone. It’s as simple as that. We need four people for each hour. We will have sign up sheets at the January, and February Duval Events, or feel free to call Carole Edelsky, 881-0980 edelsky@earthlink.net, Chairperson for Volunteers, to let her know you want to help with this project.

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