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The Coalition provides notice of many relevant Meetups. For the duration all events are either cancelled or online. See this site for notices of online discussions.

We are a coalition of over 12 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 thinking on any matter, without regard to its philosophical direction.

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A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance & the Making of the Planet, Life, & You

Free! Registration is required: https://bityl.co/3sjB SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS Now more than ever, people need to hear from the voices of reason, science, and skepticism, but too often they are drowned out by the noise of misinformation, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories, especially online. That’s why Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine of science and reason, is going to turn up the volume. Introducing Skeptical Inquirer Presents, live online presentations from leading experts in science, skepticism, medicine, media, activism, and advocacy, all devoted to the cause of advancing science over pseudoscience, media literacy over conspiracy theories, and critical thinking over magical thinking. Every two weeks, Skeptical Inquirer Presents will bring you a new live event, emceed by the brilliant and hilarious comedian Leighann Lord, co-host of the Point of Inquiry podcast. And it’s all happening from the comfort of your laptop (or any other screen), wherever you are in the world, because even though so much has been closed down, big ideas can’t be contained in conference halls. It’s time to flatten the curve of the infodemic. ___________________________________ From acclaimed writer and biologist Sean B. Carroll, a rollicking, awe-inspiring story of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world. -------------------------------- "Fascinating and exhilarating—Sean B. Carroll at his very best." —Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Balo-Simon Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland. His books include The Serengeti Rules (Princeton), Brave Genius, and Remarkable Creatures, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Twitter @SeanBiolCarroll "Skeptical Inquirer", the magazine of science and reason, turns up the volume. Introducing "Skeptical Inquirer Presents", live online presentations from leading experts in science, skepticism, medicine, media, activism, and advocacy, all devoted to the cause of advancing science over pseudoscience, media literacy over conspiracy theories, and critical thinking over magical thinking. Support us with your membership or a generous donation: donations: https://bit.ly/3jxTYEW membership (worldwide): http://bit.ly/2pTDfEj Visit CFI Tampa Bay's affiliate Tampa Bay Skeptics: http://bit.ly/1SkFjri Presentation Time Dec 3,[masked]:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Online: Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) Monthly Meeting

Tampa Bay Technology Center

Three events today. See below. Due to CV-19, any virtual events will be listed here: http://bit.ly/2DtFDUv CFI Tampa Bay supports education, and TBTC is a premier technology resource for the Bay Area. TBTC has a CASH FLOW EMERGENCY right now (mid-April). Please help keep them in business. Visit the TBTC Web site to learn of their extensive programs. Most are free. http://bit.ly/2DtFDUv !. Windows by Bill with Bill DeLucia (Zoom), Tuesday, July 21; 1 pm Bill De Lucia will take questions on Windows 7 and 10 and demonstrate both simple and complex Windows 10 features. He will use a scheduled Zoom meeting. The TBTC online calendar should have the latest link, which is https://zoom.us/j/639879486 2. Q & A with Howard (Zoom), Tuesday, July 21; 6 pm Get online and ask Howard the tough questions you have been saving just for him. 3. The Main Event – Everte Farnell (Zoom), Tuesday, July 21; 7 pm Everte Farnell is a serial entrepreneur, meaning he jumps from business to business when he gets bored. He is a master manip...er, persuader, and has written numerous 7-figure sales packages for his clients. While he has a long history in business, his influence techniques and strategies can help you find a job, get a raise, get the HOA to do what you want, get your kids to make their bed, even get your spouse to.... Well you get the idea. You’ll discover: - the strategies of the most influential people on Earth, - how to get anyone to do what you want them to do, and thank you for it - the “10 Rules of Influence,” and how you can easily implement them into your life. - and much more. https://zoom.us/j/93627846722 ________________________________ In normal times, TBTC has a monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday with a different speaker and topic. Many other monthly activities are listed on the calendar here: http://bit.ly/2FOhgpQ The Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) http://bit.ly/2FOhgpQ recently changed its name from the Tampa Bay Computer Society. We wanted to reflect that we have added social media (like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and hardware devices (like smartphones, tablets, kindles, etc.) to our free computer repair, digital conversions, and 50+ monthly training sessions.

The Infodemic: Debunking Works (Let’s Get To It!)

Online event

Free registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zh9mid72T9CSYwfwqEg8Xw Featuring: Timothy Caulfield Thursday, December 17th – 7:00 PM EST The spread of conspiracy theories and harmful misinformation is a defining characteristic of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has led to deaths, financial loss, increased stigma, health policy challenges, and added to the chaotic information environment. We must counter this “infodemic” with evidence-based communication strategies. Despite concerns about the “backfire effect” debunking does work, if done well! In this presentation, Caulfield will look at what the science says about fighting misinformation and how we can all get involved in the battle against bunk. Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. ______________________ Please support us: http://bit.ly/2pTDfEj

December On Line - Center for Inquiry's SHARE Book Club

Online event

12/26/2020 "Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood," by Trevor Noah https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29780253-born-a-crime?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=lyraL2fH2M&rank=1 1/23/2021 "American Dirt," by Jeanine Cummins https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45046527-american-dirt?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=lWbljUW4z0&rank=1 ------------------- Here is the Zoom Invite -- RSVP to attend: Hello, Ellen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://galen.zoom.us/j/2718843306 Once you login, you will have the option to join the audio via computer or telephone. Or join by phone only: [masked] or [masked] (US Toll)

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CFI Insider: Secular Guide to Surviving the Holidays

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