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Enjoy learning and reading about science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, and other Big Topics? Love learning? Good conversation? Relish meeting other ponderers, thinkers, and arm-chair scholars? This is the group for you.

The range of subjects covered will be broad, reflecting the diversity of topics that thoughtful people can engage with. Everything from psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, natural science, rhetoric, the arts, humanities, religion, education, and beyond; in other words, the group is open to whatever the members of the group find intriguing.

Upcoming events (2)

CFFC: The Time is Now: : American Atheists Challenges the Status Quo

The University Club of Winter Park

This month we feature: Jim G. Helton, the National Field Organizer for American Atheists. About the talk: What is an "atheist" issue? American Atheists redefines what is an atheists issue. We will challenge the status quo. In doing so we will lay out a plan to fight for equality and the true separation of religion and government. If you are not happy with the way things are then the time is now to make a change. After attending the 2012 Reason Rally, Jim co-founded the Tri-State Freethinkers and was appointed American Atheists’ Kentucky State Director. Under his leadership, Tri-State Freethinkers adopted the highway in front of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and led a protest that received international attention. He played a key role in eliminating Gideon’s bible distributions in public schools and removing abstinence-only sex education. Jim''s activism at the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter landed him appearances in the 2017 documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy and the forthcoming documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs. He has been quoted in countless news outlets, including The New York Times, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. He is a fixture in local media and has given interviews for international television specials in France, Switzerland, and elsewhere. As National Field Organizer, Mr. Helton works with affiliates, local partners, and state directors to challenge religious privilege and fight to protect church/state separation at the local level by building coalitions around specific issue campaigns, including medically accurate sex education, LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, and religious exemptions. --------------- Central Florida Freethought Community educational meetings are free and open to the public. Enjoy thought-provoking speakers, local freethought news, state/church activism, volunteer opportunities, and socializing. Come out to meet old friends and make new ones. Coffee and water will be available with snacks served during the social hour after the meeting so plan to stay a while. Read more about CFFC here. (https://www.meetup.com/cflfreethought/)

CFFC: Science, Sexism, and the New Atheists

The University Club of Winter Park

This month we feature: Dr. Sharon Woodill, faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Central Florida. About the talk: Gender and the status of women are, among other things, often cited within the New Atheism as grounds for abandoning religious belief. However, while the progressive liberal ethos of the New Atheist movement is uniquely poised to inject novel and innovative insights into contemporary sexual politics the New Atheists themselves seem to maintain a regressive gender ideology not unlike the religions they malign. Dr. Woodill suggests that this ideology is deeply intertwined with the conceptualization of science that they deploy, and uprooting it will advance their science, secularism, and sexual politics. Dr. Woodill is an interdisciplinary scholar with an eclectic academic background. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She holds an MA in Gender and Women’s Studies and a BA (honors) in Music (jazz piano). Her research interests include religion, gender and sexuality, science and religion, feminist theory, atheism and secularism, and interdisciplinary methodologies. She has held teaching appointments in Gender and Women’s Studies and Religious Studies. --------------- Central Florida Freethought Community educational meetings are free and open to the public. Enjoy thought-provoking speakers, local freethought news, state/church activism, volunteer opportunities, and socializing. Come out to meet old friends and make new ones. Coffee and water will be available with snacks served during the social hour after the meeting so plan to stay a while. Read more about CFFC here. (https://www.meetup.com/cflfreethought/)

Past events (178)

The Analects, Confusius - Let's Discuss!

Viet Garden

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