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For 40 Years Family of Russian Old Believers was cut off from the World tonight, Sat, Feb 16, 7pm at Price Chopper (our NEW location).

From: cole m.
Sent on: Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:58 AM

Midwest Skeptics Society:

For 40 Years Family of Russian Old Believers was cut off from the World tonight, Sat, Feb 16, 7pm at Price Chopper (our NEW location). Known KC Russian atheist, Igore Dybol, will lead this interesting discussion.  Don't miss tonight!  JOIN US.  

RSVP @ http://www.meetup.com/skeptics-137/


<<<<<NEW LOCATION AT PRICE CHOPPER>>>>> - SEE ADDRESS ABOVE.
This is a fascinating story. Known Kansas City Russian atheist, IgoreDybol, will simultaneously translate the 30 minute Russian documentary film and lead the discussion about it. The topics will span Russian history, traditional societies, anthropological research into cultures of traditional people, origins of religions, and what lessons we can take if any from it.
A family of Old Believers (originated in 17th century after the reformation of Russian Orthodox church and society) left the world and went into Siberian bush (taiga) away from the influence of the sinful world. In 1920's when the Soviet authorities reached out to them, one family abandoned everything and disappeared into the wilderness.
Follow their incredible story of perseverance, family coherence, survival in -40 degrees weather, attacks by bears,  find out what their favorite form of entertainment was, see what hypothesis they proposed when they saw satellites up in space moving faster than stars, what they thought about high rises, trains, TV and how they described their encounter with the new world and reacquainting themselves with a brand new world. Find out the wealth of knowledge about survival in Siberian taiga, cherished recorded written history when the whole family traveled on foot for 2 days to eat elk meat hunted by the son who pursued it on foot without weapons and exhausted it to death, how their new kids born in the bush were all taught writing and reading, appreciate their humor, inquisitive nature and philosophical take on the world.
"The baffled helicopter crew made several passes before reluctantly concluding that this was evidence of human habitation—a garden that, from the size and shape of the clearing, must have been there for a long time.
The sight that greeted the geologists as they entered the cabin was like something from the middle ages. Jerry-built from whatever materials came to hand, the dwelling was not much more than a burrow—"a low, soot-blackened log kennel that was as cold as a cellar," with a floor consisting of potato peel and pine-nut shells. Looking around in the dim light, the visitors saw that it consisted of a single room. It was cramped, musty and indescribably filthy, propped up by sagging joists—and, astonishingly, home to a family of five: Slowly, over several visits, the full story of the family emerged. 

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html
We will go out to a new bar in the area after the discussion.
Cole Morgan[masked]

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