What we're about

The Coalition provides notice of many relevant Meetups.  For the duration, all in-person events are canceled, but we have several monthly online Zooms.  An RSVP is usually needed to get the link. See this site for notices of online discussions.
We are a coalition of over 12 member organizations focused on the challenges of the human future. We meet regularly within the organizations and sporadically unite to bring distinguished leaders to discuss new propositions about life and review our current situation involving social, philosophical, environmental, and political concerns. We tend to have a strong bias toward humanistic solutions to the great changes we anticipate over the next decades. We invite all serious polite thinking on any matter, without regard to its philosophical direction.

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Spirituality without Religion?

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Andrew Jasko, MDiv, MA Counseling Psychology Student
Religious Trauma Specialist & Spirituality Coach
Founder of Life After Dogma

As a former Princeton Seminary educated minister, Andrew had to leave his religious faith and community because of the severe psychological trauma he experienced.

After spending years and thousands of dollars healing his trauma and helping hundreds of people transform their lives, he is considered an expert in healing religious trauma.

His clients hire him to heal their religious trauma and reclaim a healthy, empowering connection with spirituality that suits them.

His writings and talks can be found at lifeafterdogma.org

Calling Bullshit: Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, Skeptical Inquirer Presents

We live in a hyper-quantified world, awash in numbers, statistics, figures, algorithms, and data graphics. Quantitative data can be incredibly powerful, conveying objectivity and strengthening arguments. At the same time, it can be easily misused to overwhelm and persuade us of things that just aren’t true. How can we mere mortals possibly tell the difference?
Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, biologist Carl Bergstrom and data science expert Jevin West will help us navigate this data-driven world and know when it’s time to call bullshit.
REGISTER NOW

Bergstrom and West will explain why an advanced degree in statistics or computer science isn’t necessary for seeing through the vast majority of quantitative misinformation. Drawing on examples of misleading claims from the COVID-19 pandemic, misuses of artificial intelligence, and other world events, they will empower us to push back when confronted by numerical arguments and data-hungry technologies. By focusing attention on the data sources and their weaknesses, we’ll learn how to look past the hype and hold our own against those who would sell us digital snake oil.
Free registration is required to take part in this live Zoom event, so sign up right now.

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Carl Bergstrom is a professor of biology at the University of Washington (UW) and a faculty member at the UW Center for an Informed Public. Trained in evolutionary biology, mathematical population genetics, and infectious disease epidemiology, Carl is perhaps best known for crossing field boundaries and integrating ideas across the span of the natural and social sciences.
Jevin West is an associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is the cofounder of the new Center for an Informed Public at UW aimed at resisting strategic misinformation, promoting an informed society, and strengthening democratic discourse. He is also the cofounder of the DataLab at UW and Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute.
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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) Tampa Bay http://bit.ly/2ljTe9I is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization, a regional office in Tampa, headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism.
The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.

May- N. Pinellas Book Club

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The May 28th book will be The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068671-the-perfectionists?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=RG93CjbOFb&rank=3.

The June 25th book will be The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53231851-the-sum-of-us?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=hC3he9M3IB&rank=2

SPECIAL: Free Computer Repair!!! Tampa Bay Technology Center

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SPECIAL: Free Computer Repair!!!
Tampa Bay Technology Center already gives our members one free repair yearly.
Here's a chance for non-members, who have never received our services, to experience what we do.
On Saturday, June 11 from 9am 'til 2pm we will hold one of our famous Random Acts of Kindness FREE Computer Repair clinic.
We'll serve up coffee and donuts starting at 9am, along with some viral videos and laughs.
While our tech crew slaves away at fixing our guests' computers, we will have 3 speakers: Chris Krimitsos, Tony Rockliff, and Steve Cherubino.
We haven't nailed down their topics yet, but they are always appreciated by our audiences.

That should be enough news to get your attention, but we also will feed you a potluck lunch that afternoon. Who says there ain't no such thing as a free lunch?
***** ---> If you want to avail yourself of the free computer repair, you MUST register with us to be assigned a time slot:
https://tampa-bay.org/rak-computer-repair-registration/

Sincerely,Dave Dockery (Doc)

What: "Random Acts of Kindness FREE Computer Repair clinic"
When: Saturday, June 9th, 9am - 2pm
Where: Tampa Bay Technology Center[masked] Range Rd. (near Clearwater airport)
And it's ALL free. We won't even ask you to divulge you credit card like some places.
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