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Reason as a Moral Obligation by JT Eberhard

As an avid advocate of reason, JT Eberhard will speak about "Reason as a Moral Obligation." He will explain how it is our duty to care about what is true to ensure that our good intentions are realized in the results we create.  He will further explain why it is also our charge as a well-intentioned person to encourage others to care about what is reasonable and true because we’re all working together down here on earth, and errant beliefs affect us all.  Is being “fanatic” about reason a very, very good thing to be?  Come find out!  This talk will encourage intellectual thinking, a fundamental part of being a skeptic.

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more.  He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer.  During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide.  JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

As a writer he has contributed to Atheism Resource,, and numerous other sites.  JT currently writes a regular column for American Atheist Magazine and is a gaming columnist for the feminist/geek site The Secular View.

JT maintains a regular speaking schedule and has appeared at the American Atheists national convention, Apostacon, Skepticon, the SSA Leadership Conference, the American Humanist Association’s national convention, the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist convention, and many, many more.

In his personal life, JT is a trained opera singer who has worked under the directorship of two-time Grammy award winner James Billings.  He is also an avid gamer who can often be found playing League of Legends or Guild Wars 2.

Refreshments:  If your last name begins with the letters D-F, please consider bring a snack for the refreshments table.  Suggested snack foods are cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, cookies, cake squares – anything that one can eat without need of a fork or spoon. The snack item should be for about 8-12 people, which is the average number of servings in a typical container/bag . As always, SHL will supply the paper goods and beverages.

As always, there will be the opportunity to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

If you have an elementary-aged child who would like to take part in our new Humanist "Sunday School," please check out our event for Sunday Quest.

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  • Laura K.

    Great talk today by JT Eberhard! Enjoyed the Question and Answer period after as well.

    October 20, 2013

  • Harold G.

    While we may accept that the use of reason is a moral obligation in society, it only works so long as people remember they have previously agreed to this obligation. Unfortunately, too often when people do not get their way, they take the irrational route. Then, reason doesn't really get the job done. Next step - who has the power?

    October 20, 2013

  • Amy M.

    For those who are brining snacks - last names beginning with the letters D-F - please arrive about 10 minutes early if you can so the snack table can be ready to go at 4pm. Thanks!

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do we park in that area?

    October 13, 2013

    • Amy M.

      * There is a small lot behind Gage Hall. Parking is free, but you must double park. Turn left onto Jacobs Alley just past Gage Hall, and the parking lot will be the first one on the left.
      * There is a parking garage with an entrance from Archdale Street just one block from Beaufain Street.
      * There is a parking lot just across the street from the parking garage. I believe it is free on the weekend.
      * Street Parking – wherever you can find it. (Please don't block driveways).

      October 16, 2013

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