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We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and free-thinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly in-person discussions! For more information, please visit: http://www.FreeThoughtForum.org

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Upcoming events (3)

Draper FTF - Beyond Formal Education

Online event

MAIN TOPIC: Beyond Formal Education - Human beings have a natural curiosity and drive to learn and understand. While much of what we know is gained through public schools or universities, how can we supplement that knowledge outside of these institutions? This week, we’ll discuss the best documentaries, community programs, books, places to visit, and online resources for the life-long learner! Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! AN ONLINE-ONLY EVENT The continued rise in local COVID-19 cases has led us to move all of our events online. Every week, all Free Thought Forum groups will meet in one combined online Sunday evening meeting through our Discord Server. Please follow this link to join our server: https://discord.gg/JEbtd29 MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs and get a drink. Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

Draper FTF - Friendly Chat and Support Circle

Online event

Start the new month with freethinking friends! Our “Support Circle” events are more casual than our other meetings and only take place on the first weekend of each month. What is today’s discussion topic? You, and your plans for the future! Come think out loud as we help each other make personal goals for the month, share advice, and offer support. (UPDATE: During this phase of the pandemic, no food will be shared at these events.) Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! AN ONLINE-ONLY EVENT The continued rise in local COVID-19 cases has led us to move all of our events online. Every week, all Free Thought Forum groups will meet in one combined online Sunday evening meeting through our Discord Server. Please follow this link to join our server: https://discord.gg/JEbtd29 MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Support Circle (45 Minutes) Every participant is welcome to share a personal goal for the upcoming month as all other participants offer help, advice, and other forms of support. This allows us, as a group, to check up with one another on a monthly basis and encourage continual personal improvement and progress. Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs and get a drink. Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

Draper FTF - Arthropods and Entomology

Online event

MAIN TOPIC: Arthropods and Entomology - What do beetles, scorpions, ants, and butterflies have in common? Come sharpen your bug-collecting skills and learn mind-blowing facts about insects, arachnids, and other creepy crawling creatures! Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! AN ONLINE-ONLY EVENT The continued rise in local COVID-19 cases has led us to move all of our events online. Every week, all Free Thought Forum groups will meet in one combined online Sunday evening meeting through our Discord Server. Please follow this link to join our server: https://discord.gg/JEbtd29 MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs and get a drink. Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

Past events (87)

Draper FTF - Great Ideas from Judaism

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