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Do you like science fiction? We've created a new Jefferson Humanists group to discuss sci-fi short stories, novellas and movies. In November, we will be reading two short stories by Hugo award-winner, Mike Resnick: Me AND Interview with the Almighty. The former can be found in Resnick's book titled, I, Alien, and the latter in another collection of short stories titled, Blasphemy. Both irreverent and thought-provoking, Resnick imagines what a conversation with the almighty might be like and god's monologue about creating the universe. We will consider the nature of god and what it might be like if there were an omniscient, omnipresent creator of the universe and what questions you might ask them. (Or whatever pronoun god might prefer to use.) Mike Resnick has won an impressive five Hugos and been nominated for twenty-seven more. He has sold fifty-two novels and almost two hundred short stories. He has edited forty anthologies. His work ranges from satirical fare, such as his Lucifer Jones adventures, to weighty examinations of morality and culture. You can find a full online copy of Interview with the Almighty on Google Books at https://books.google.com/books?id=Py8gogydlrYC&pg=PT164&lpg=PT164&dq=%22interview+with+the+almighty%22+resnick&source=bl&ots=MWkw82a8A-&sig=ACfU3U0bK-EbSz-oFWcp8oLJONI5Kyk0WA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiVwv2_s9DsAhV7Ap0JHalWAzIQ6AEwCXoECAEQAg#v=onepage&q=%22interview%20with%20the%20almighty%22%20resnick&f=false. When you RSVP, we will send you information on how to get a copy of Me. Consider also reading one of these other sci fi stories about religion and god at https://sfgospel.typepad.com/sf_gospel/2007/12/the-10-best-sf.html. They include stories from Asimov, Dick, Silverberg and Bradbury among others. Another to consider is Microcosmic God, a short story by Theodore Sturgeon, where a genius creates new creatures, neotics, and is a sort of godlike creator. (https://www.1pezeshk.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/microcosmicgodtheodoresturgeon-111104040008-phpapp02_2.pdf) RSVP to this Meetup or email [masked]. Only those who RSVP will receive the Zoom link to for the discussion. Attendance is limited to the first 15 people who RSVP. --------------------------------------- Resnick: Why did you create the Universe? GOD: Beats the hell out of me. Resnick: How can you forget? After all, you're God! GOD: That's me - mysterious, unfathomable, unknowable. It can be quite a strain at times. From Interview with the Almighty
This month's question is "Should Humanists celebrate religious holidays?" Many of us grew up in religious households and when we come together as a family it is because of a religious holiday. The irony of this is that most of us have been taught not to talk about religion or politics when the family gathers. In this month's Salon we want to explore how we humanists navigate the religious world of gathering with our families, take time off work, or just getting together with our friends. PLEASE BE SURE TO RSVP on Meetup or to [masked], so we can be sure to set up enough seats. We will provide beer, wine and snacks for a small donation. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT THE JH SALON Much like the salons of France during the Enlightenment, we will discuss a variety of topics and lubricate the discussion with a few libations. Topics will be worded as questions and can be related to science, sociology, politics, philosophy, history, ethics and more. Attendees are not required to read anything in particular before the discussion, but it certainly helps to do some study before the discussion to be able to make a coherent argument and back it up. A few JH Salon ground rules: - Respect others and their opinions. - Criticize ideas, not individuals. - Don't make personal attacks. - Allow everyone the chance to speak. - Don't take things personally. - Listen actively and with an ear to understanding others' views. The JH Salon will be held on the first Monday of every month. "THE AIM OF ARGUMENT, OR OF DISCUSSION, SHOULD NOT BE VICTORY, BUT PROGRESS." ~ Joseph Joubert
Join FROG, the Free thinkers Reading Oppurtunity Group, for the Saturday December 12 meeting from 2-4 PM. This month we'll be discussing the best books we read during 2020. We had so much fun discussing movies in November, that you are invited to bring several recommendations, even if you can't immediately articulate how they relate to Humanism! RSVP to this Meetup or email [masked]. Only those who RSVP will receive the Zoom link to for the discussion. Attendance is limited to the first 16 people who RSVP.
This month we'll be watching a PBS Indepedent Lens program titled, Jonathan Scott's Power Trip. In this program, the HGTV home makeover guru shines a light on the obstacles and opportunities for America’s solar industry, following fossil fuel monopolies that halt the growth of renewable energy while visiting with politicians, coal miners, solar panel installers, the Navajo Nation building its own solar plant, and others at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom. You can watch the program for free at https://video.pbs12.org/video/jonathan-scotts-power-trip-bmrkzf/ Feel free to watch another documentary on the issues related to solar power and bring your thoughts to the discussion. RSVP to this Meetup or email [masked]. Only those who RSVP will receive the Zoom link to for the discussion. Attendance is limited to the first 15 people who RSVP. We hope you will join us for Discuss a Doc, a monthly discussion where we discuss the humanist issues raised by documentary films. “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Natures inexhaustible sources of energy – sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Edison