Bring a book or a recent topic of interest to discuss. History, religion, philosophy, science, news, or whatever. No assigned readings or topics, just free open discussion. Grab a coffee or small bite to eat and join us.
Sun Shoppe and Cafe is in the downtown Melbourne area on the north side of the street.
This month we feature: Seth Andrews, creator and host of The Thinking Atheist Podcast, video producer and author.
About the talk: Especially on social media, we're confronted by compelling headlines and (supposedly) sourced information that often strikes our sense of injustice. With his signature brand of storytelling, Seth Andrews examines just a few ways that even the strictest skeptics can be manipulated in the Information Age.
Seth Andrews, a video producer and former Christian broadcaster, now hosts www.thethinkingatheist.com, one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world. The Thinking Atheist is not a person. It is an icon encouraging all to reject faith and pursue reason and evidence.
Seth has authored two books. "Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason" chronicles his journey out of superstition, and "Sacred Cows: A Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World" is a wild romp through many of the world's strangest cultures and customs. (His third book, "Ghost Stories" - a fictional romp inspired by his annual Halloween radio show - releases October 2018 on Audible.com.)
Seth hosts The Thinking Atheist podcast on BlogTalkRadio, a broadcast that has been downloaded worldwide more than 43 million times since its launch in 2010.
With a mix of humor and heart, Seth Andrews has spoken for audiences large and small in the U.S, Canada, and Australia about his former faith, the promotion of science, a Humanist love for people, and why we should all pursue a personal relationship with reality.
Meet outside so we can gather up as a group and have an accurate head count for the table.
Enjoy a big craft beer list, full liquor bar, and bbq menu items. Their smoked wings are pretty amazing!
The Broken Barrel Tavern
4700 Babcock Street NE, Suite 15 & 16 · Palm Bay, FL
Ready to save some lives with the Humanist Community of the Space Coast and our partner One Blood? Please join us for our 4th Annual Halloween Blood Drive and use your power to help those who need it most. All who join us to donate will be entered into a special Halloween raffle, extra entries may be purchased the day of. Winner will be notified via email. Hope to see you all there! Thanks for using Your Power to save lives!
**look for the red backpack** I don't have the meetup app on my phone but if you message me here I'll make sure that you find us.
The sunsets at 6:42pm and the moon rises at 8:31pm
Full(ish) Moon watch meetup at James Nance Park Indialantic (east end of 5th Ave/192). Meet on the beach at the bottom of the beach access stairs behind the restrooms. Times are based on forecasted sunset time. Dates are Saturday the week of the full moon. Bring your own refreshments, beach blankets or lawn chairs as well as quarters since parking is metered. Stay as long as you like. Rain or shine, you decide.
Indialantic Boardwalk on the beach off of the north boardwalk stairs
You can join us for dinner at the Panther Dining hall at 6:30 or you can skip dinner and meet us at room 118 of the Olin Engineering Building. Please meet in the lobby of panther dining hall our just outside near the pool area. We will go in together as a group.
Dr. Jorge Sousa of Stanford University will discuss “The Role of Fluid Dynamics in the Design of Sustainable Cities”.
Cities accommodate more than 50% of the world population, and buildings are responsible for a major portion of the worldwide energy consumption. With the expected future growth of urbanized areas, the years ahead present a window of opportunity for developing sustainable and comfortable urban environments. In this talk, we will see how natural ventilation can be used to significantly reduce the energy consumption of buildings under certain climate conditions. Instead of using energy-intensive mechanical cooling systems, natural ventilation leverages the freely available resources such as wind and outdoor air to cool down the building and provide comfort to building occupants. The talk will focus on Stanford University’s Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environmental and Energy (Y2E2) building, which uses natural ventilation during the night to reduce its energy consumption during the day. We will additionally see how computational urban wind predictions and smart control methodologies can be used to develop more sustainable and comfortable environments.
The next book club meeting will be Sunday, October 21 at 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the room next to the reference desk. Our discussion book will be In the Beauty of the Lillies: A Novel by John Updike. 576 pages. The system has 6 available copies. Remember to RSVP because if I don't get at least 3 people I will cancel. Refreshments are not provided so bring something to eat or drink for yourself if you want. Hope to see you there. Book description: In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God’s relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from “the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God’s withdrawal.” His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of “God’s elect” hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots’ collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.
** Look for the red backpack**
Sunset watch meetup at Riverside Park in Indialantic (on the east side of the Melbourne causeway behind the Eastminster Presbyterian Church corner of 5th Ave/192 and North Riverside Drive). Park in the lot by the dock or on the west side of the church and gather at one of the picnic tables on the north side of the dock. Times are roughly 30 minutes before forecasted sunset times. Bring your own refreshments and lawn chair.
Mainstreet pub has a variety of good food, mixed beverages, and beers to enjoy. Check out the menu at their website http://mainstreetpub.cc
This meeting is very relaxed and informal. Come in, grab a seat and some grub and brew and share a story!