Tucson Atheists Monthly Meetup

  • November 19, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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It's been 5 years since we've seen an explosive growth in our membership. We might want to reference these past years as "AD" for After Dawkins published the God Delusion and woke up quite a few to the reality that Atheism is a growing concern.

This is the last meeting for this year and time to consider where we are going and what we should do in 2013. Tucson Atheists now hosts many events in the Tucson area. Along with the monthly meetings we have Drinking Godlessly, Godless Crafting, a Skeptical Book Club, and Caffeinated Godlessness. We still have our monthly movie night and we have a close association with other "freethinking" groups in the Tucson area.

Are we too active or not active enough? Should we be doing more as far as activism? We got some things right and could improve on others. What are they and how do we do more of the good things and improve on the others?

This is a meetup for discussion. Show up and let's discuss stuff.

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This is a recurring meeting. The group meets on the third Monday of the month at the Denny's on Speedway. The meeting officially begins at 7PM but many people choose to meet earlier to socialize before the meeting. I start setting up equipment around 6 and enjoy the company while I get the equipment ready for the meeting.

Don Lacey
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  • Philip MacDuff

    i had an idea on the drive up to work this morning, inspired by something that happened at our last drinking godlessly. this would require cooperation from our venues, but it would allow us to help our community and get the name of Tucson Atheists out there. After our last drinking godlessly, as I was leaving the bar, I was approached by a (presumably) homeless man who asked for money for food. All I had was a $20, so I offered to go inside with him and buy him a burger. When he got his food, he said "God bless you" to me, and I informed him I am an atheist..I don't recall any strong reaction on his part, but it was an opportunity to potentially change our image. Any, my thought was that we could collect some money at our meetings to allow those venues to provide food for the homeless in our name. We'd make no conditions for receiving the food, just leg them know it came from atheists. what do you all think?

    November 20, 2012

    • Jeff Gonor

      Now that is a good idea with several desirable outcomes. The homelss get a meal. The venue owner gets a bit of income and may be inclined favorably to us. And Tucson Athiests get some recognition for a positive social act. The venue owners are likely to ask how they should decive who gets a meal.

      November 20, 2012

    • Jeff Gonor

      Afterthought. If the idea o9f working through the meeting venus gets bogged, as a fall-back on the same lines, we could make a similar modest regular contribution to a secular meal kitchen or food bank. I do not contribute to any church related causes. But where I l live in Oregon, there is a completely secular run food bank and homeless shelter, not tax supported but affiliated with the county. They have a piublic board and open books. I congtribute to both.

      November 20, 2012

  • Ben Butterfield

    I like the idea. And I wish I could help. But I'm totally jobless at this time. BB

    November 20, 2012

  • Philip MacDuff

    Great meeting with lots of good ideas from people. Let's keep this momentum going and DO some of those things we talked about!

    November 20, 2012

  • Don Lacey

    High energy meeting. Good discussions. Great last meeting of 2012.

    November 20, 2012

  • Sherry Petermann

    Wow! The levels of interest and commitment was refreshing. I am in good company!

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent...lots of great interactions and discussions.

    November 19, 2012

  • marilyn brock

    Sounds like a good one, for the last meeting of the year. Of course there is still the Winter Solstice party on December 21. I will be late but looking forward to seeing you all!!

    November 18, 2012

  • Philip MacDuff

    This sounds like a good meeting!

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have come to understand the reasoning behind the Stephen Hawking quote "Heaven is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark." When I came to realize that upon death the body shuts down biologically and one goes from coma to nothing it gave me great relief. The irrational belief of an afterlife that the spirit is either scooped up to the gold lined clouds in the heavens or thrust into the pit of agony forever left me a bit terrified. But, I came to realize that the whole ploy was just that, a ploy, a scare tactic. And, the whole god philosophy is steeped in the idea that the ego is so great one cannot possibly die. The ego is so great it must go on forever. I believe upon death the ego disappears into nothing. The laws of biology cannot be violated as well as the laws of physics. Even in my fearful belief in god I felt a 'child of a lesser god'. Regards, Jon

    November 15, 2012

    • Falk Burger

      actually, Christian dogma does not dispute ego death. Ego is merely a temporary expediency, an operator if you will, for the body which is the "vessel" for the soul, and it is as much "dust and ashes" as the body. Almost all believers confuse ego and soul and, since they have no awareness of the soul (duh!), imagine the self that they know, the ego, will ascend to heaven. I don't think there is any transcendent reasoning behind Professor Hawking's statement per se; it's common-language shorthand for the psychological need of believers and the security blanket they require. The reasoning which led him to the point of view from which he made the "fairy" statement is, to us, self-evident. Hurrrayy!

      November 16, 2012

  • Hanna Coy

    So, I just got back from attending Skepticon 5 (http://www.skepticon.org/­), and thought it might be nice to share my impressions. Is that so mething you guys might be interested in?

    November 13, 2012

    • Don Lacey

      Certainly! The group is primarily for discussion and that would be a good discussion to have.

      November 13, 2012

    • Hanna Coy

      OK, I plan to attend the caffeine meeting this week; I'm not able to confirm I can make the Monday meeting yet. I'll talk about it this Thursday for sure, and maybe on Monday too.

      November 13, 2012

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