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GCH Event : GCH National Day of Reason: Tim Ridge talk on Carl Sagan

Gloucester County Humanists invites you to celebrate the National Day of Reason with an interesting presentation on the life and work of the late astronomer Carl Sagan, presented by Tim Ridge of the New Jersey Humanist Network. The theme of the 2014 NDOR is "Because Reason Works." Tim's talk is titled "Carl Sagan, A Humanist Candle in the Dark."

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions of Gloucester County Humanists, the sponsor of this program, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gloucester County Library System. GCH's May 10th National Day Of Reason event will be held in Meeting Room A of the Gloucester County Library Branch in Mullica Hill NJ. Our special guest is New Jersey Humanist Network's Tim Ridge, who will present "Carl Sagan, A Humanist Candle in the Dark," a mini-biography of Carl Sagan, touching on his early life, his career as an astronomer and professor at Cornell University, his passion for making science accessible to the public: through his many books, TV guest appearances, the movie Contact and the original TV series Cosmos, and closing with a discussion of Sagan's humanist view of ethics. He will also briefly discuss Sagan's heir apparent, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the new Cosmos series. Tim has updated this talk, originally presented to NJHN in 2003, and to other humanist groups in the area in recent years. It's even more timely now with the widening and renewed interest in the scientific origins of the universe. Tim Ridge is a member of the NJHN Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer and Webmaster. He has an M.S. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has been a Carl Sagan fan since the 1960s and credits Sagan as his primary role model for embracing a humanist worldview.

The National Day of Reason is held on the first Thursday in May nationwide. Visit the National Day of Reason website and sign the petitition! "WHEREAS, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth, improving conditions within the universe, and cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions among people and their environments, and WHEREAS, those who wrote the Constitution of the United States of America, the basic document for governing the affairs of humankind within the United States, based it upon principles delineated within the philosophies distinguishing the historical Age of Reason, and..."

Like all GCH meetings, this event is free and open to the public. There is ample parking, and the room is wheelchair-accessible.

Contact Janice Rael at[masked] or email [masked] for more information or to learn more about Gloucester County Humanists.

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  • Fred P.

    Good talk; I learned more of Carl Sagan's history.

    1 · May 13, 2014

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