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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 (5+)

Volunteer Project: Salem Animal Shelter Clinic

Salem Fire Department- 100% on call volunteer

The Southern Utah Valley Animal Shelter can use our help at a local pet clinic! These clinics are housed in public locations where pet owners can come and have their pets vaccinated and registered at a discounted price. Not only does this improve the health of pets in our community, but it also provides important preventative work that frees up the shelter to help more animals. Each clinic usually lasts about two hours and sometimes takes place on weekends or weekday evenings, so be sure to double-check the meeting times and locations. Volunteers must be 16-years-old or older. Point of Contact Carrie (South Utah Valley Animal Shelter)[masked] [masked] [masked] How We’ll Help The shelter mostly needs our assistance to: Set up chairs and tables Hand forms to visiting pet owners Hold-on to leashed animals while their owners are filling-out paperwork Ensure that the pets and owners have a friendly and orderly experience Type-up county licenses Leave the hosting location cleaned and organized and so forth. The ladies in charge of this project are super friendly and really appreciate all the help we can give! What to Wear Please dress for hours of work in the sun and interaction with animals. If you happen to have your own official volunteer hat or shirt, be sure to wear it! If not, you can order some of our Volunteer Swag from our online store, or come as you are! What to Bring Please bring your charged phone and a water bottle. We can provide sanitary gloves and carpooling options for our volunteers while the shelter usually provides additional water bottles or other snacks. We hope to see you there!

Free Thought Forum (Discussions on Moral Philosophy, Science, and more!)

Today’s Presentation Topic 5 Habits for a Healthy Mind - We may often give thought to our physical and emotional wellbeing, but in this meeting, we are prioritizing cognitive health. Our conversation will touch on improving memory, brain function, static and dynamic IQ, and more! 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! For more details about this particular event or our group, please visit our official webpage: https://www.freethoughtforum.org/draper-utah Meeting Schedule A WARM WELCOME (15 MINUTES) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests before the meeting formally begins. PRESENTATION (15 MINUTES) Our Local Group Leader will cover important announcements and give an educational or motivational lecture on a certain week’s topic. FREE THOUGHT FORUM (90 MINUTES OR SO) Guests and Members will gather into small groups around volunteer “hosts” who act as moderators to free and open discussions in which all participants are encouraged to contribute their thoughts in accordance with our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” Each Free Thought Forum exists to promote healthy civil discussion and celebrate the free exchange of ideas with an emphasis on 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 (and in-person) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the correct answers to life’s most important questions. Five Rules for Civil Discourse By participating in each Free Thought Forum, all guests, members, and hosts agree to abide by the following: 1. BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER’S TIME If a designated host senses that you have taken more than 5 minutes to make a point, he/she will insist that someone else is given an opportunity to talk. Do not to interrupt or talk over someone else. 2. CRITICIZE IDEAS, NOT PEOPLE No one comes to an open discussion to be personally attacked. If you believe that an idea deserves criticism, it is essential that you address the claims or opinions themselves. This also applies to groups of people. There is nothing wrong with criticizing what a group of people profess, as long as the people themselves are treated with respect. Phrases such as “I disagree,” “what makes you say that?” or “what do you think of the counter-argument?” are all useful in keeping the conversation positive and inclusive. 3. AVOID FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT OR UNSUBSTANTIATED DECLARATIONS Committing a logical fallacy or making bold claims without explaining the reasoning behind why you believe as you do can hinder productive thought and meaningful discussion. 4. BE OPEN TO SCRUTINY AND A DIVERSITY OF OPINION The objective of each meeting is not for someone to “win” or to “convert” anyone else. A discussion is not a debate. Rather, it is to allow each participant’s idea to compete in an open marketplace of ideas under to its own merits. 5. RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOST AS MODERATOR Your host (a trained volunteer) is much like a sports referee or a judge in a courtroom. In order to maintain civility and to promote productive dialogue, all participants agree to respectfully follow their Host’s facilitation and moderation.

First Week Feast, Support Circle, and Open Forum

Draper City Park

Mark a New Month with Brunch! "First Week Feast" pot-luck events are more casual than our other meetings and only take place on the first weekend of each month. FIRST WEEK FEAST & SUPPORT CIRCLE (60 MINUTES OR SO) OPTIONAL: Please bring a fully-cooked/prepared potluck breakfast/lunch dish and a serving-utensil (or a drink) to share with our group and guests! Plates, eating utensils, and napkins will be provided. In our “Support Circle,” every participant is welcome to share a personal goal for the upcoming month and 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 in order to encourage continual personal improvement and progress. FREE THOUGHT FORUM (60 MINUTES OR SO) Guests and Members will gather into small groups around volunteer “hosts” who act as moderators to free and open discussions in which all participants are encouraged to contribute their thoughts in accordance with our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” Each Free Thought Forum exists to promote healthy civil discussion and celebrate the free exchange of ideas with an emphasis on 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 (and in-person) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the correct answers to life’s most important questions. Five Rules for Civil Discourse By participating in each Free Thought Forum, all guests, members, and hosts agree to abide by the following: 1. BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER’S TIME If a designated host senses that you have taken more than 5 minutes to make a point, he/she will insist that someone else is given an opportunity to talk. Do not to interrupt or talk over someone else. 2. CRITICIZE IDEAS, NOT PEOPLE No one comes to an open discussion to be personally attacked. If you believe that an idea deserves criticism, it is essential that you address the claims or opinions themselves. This also applies to groups of people. There is nothing wrong with criticizing what a group of people profess, as long as the people themselves are treated with respect. Phrases such as “I disagree,” “what makes you say that?” or “what do you think of the counter-argument?” are all useful in keeping the conversation positive and inclusive. 3. AVOID FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT OR UNSUBSTANTIATED DECLARATIONS Committing a logical fallacy or making bold claims without explaining the reasoning behind why you believe as you do can hinder productive thought and meaningful discussion. 4. BE OPEN TO SCRUTINY AND A DIVERSITY OF OPINION The objective of each meeting is not for someone to “win” or to “convert” anyone else. A discussion is not a debate. Rather, it is to allow each participant’s idea to compete in an open marketplace of ideas under to its own merits. 5. RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOST AS MODERATOR Your host (a trained volunteer) is much like a sports referee or a judge in a courtroom. In order to maintain civility and to promote productive dialogue, all participants agree to respectfully follow their Host’s facilitation and moderation.

Free Thought Forum (Discussions on Moral Philosophy, Science, and more!)

Today’s Presentation Topic Developing Your Nonsense Detector - Every day, we may find ourselves bombarded by nonsensical claims from advertisements, health gurus, news media, politicians, etc. Can we improve our individual powers of nonsense detection? Are there common tropes that may unveil a fallacious claim? Let’s find out! 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! For more details about this particular event or our group, please visit our official webpage: https://www.freethoughtforum.org/draper-utah Meeting Schedule A WARM WELCOME (15 MINUTES) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests before the meeting formally begins. PRESENTATION (15 MINUTES) Our Local Group Leader will cover important announcements and give an educational or motivational lecture on a certain week’s topic. FREE THOUGHT FORUM (90 MINUTES OR SO) Guests and Members will gather into small groups around volunteer “hosts” who act as moderators to free and open discussions in which all participants are encouraged to contribute their thoughts in accordance with our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” Each Free Thought Forum exists to promote healthy civil discussion and celebrate the free exchange of ideas with an emphasis on 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 (and in-person) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the correct answers to life’s most important questions. Five Rules for Civil Discourse By participating in each Free Thought Forum, all guests, members, and hosts agree to abide by the following: 1. BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER’S TIME If a designated host senses that you have taken more than 5 minutes to make a point, he/she will insist that someone else is given an opportunity to talk. Do not to interrupt or talk over someone else. 2. CRITICIZE IDEAS, NOT PEOPLE No one comes to an open discussion to be personally attacked. If you believe that an idea deserves criticism, it is essential that you address the claims or opinions themselves. This also applies to groups of people. There is nothing wrong with criticizing what a group of people profess, as long as the people themselves are treated with respect. Phrases such as “I disagree,” “what makes you say that?” or “what do you think of the counter-argument?” are all useful in keeping the conversation positive and inclusive. 3. AVOID FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT OR UNSUBSTANTIATED DECLARATIONS Committing a logical fallacy or making bold claims without explaining the reasoning behind why you believe as you do can hinder productive thought and meaningful discussion. 4. BE OPEN TO SCRUTINY AND A DIVERSITY OF OPINION The objective of each meeting is not for someone to “win” or to “convert” anyone else. A discussion is not a debate. Rather, it is to allow each participant’s idea to compete in an open marketplace of ideas under to its own merits. 5. RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOST AS MODERATOR Your host (a trained volunteer) is much like a sports referee or a judge in a courtroom. In order to maintain civility and to promote productive dialogue, all participants agree to respectfully follow their Host’s facilitation and moderation.

Past events (9)

Wisdom Festival - A Secular Seasonal Celebration

The Clever Bean

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