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Science of the Big Island

At the present time, some of the science on the big island of Hawaii is rivaled at no other place in the world. Recently, Robert McGown travelled to the big island to observe the transit of Venus. He then became immersed in the science of the big island. This presentation is about astronomy, atmospheric physics, oceanography, geology, energy, and self-sustainability.

Robert McGown is a self-employed electrician whose interests encompass astronomy and physics. He has a Master’s degree in physics and he has co-authored three science books. Robert is a member of the Rose City astronomers.


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Programs are presented in four broad areas relevant to Humanism:

Human Well Being



Humanities, Culture, and Morality

Sun @ HGP program details -- for this week's speaker follow this link and read the "Next Speaker" announcement on the HGP website home page, left side; for future speakers and activities, click on the "Calendar" button, upper left:

Sunday Morning Schedule:

8:45  Early Bird discussion, choose topic by consensus (Garden Room)

9:45  Children join parents in East Room for simulcast

9:45  Coffee, juice and cookies (Arts and Crafts Room)

10:00 Main program, weekly speakers on topics of interest to Humanists (Keeston Room)

10:05 Humanist discussion, each week a different theme (Garden Room)

11:30 AfterThoughts: engage the speaker over light snacks (Arts and Crafts Room)

11:45 Classes, discussions, musicians, committees meet until 1:00 PM

12:15 Lunch at nearby eatery, all are welcome!

Be sure to peruse our humanist library while you're here -- books available to lend upon HGP membership.

Find more information about the Humanists of Greater Portland by clicking on the sponsor link at the left side of the webpage, then check out the full calendar of activities on HGP's main website.

All Meetup fees are paid by our sponsor through your memberships; donations toward the work of HGP are gratefully accepted.

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