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Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists Dinner Meeting with Distinguished Speaker

Jim H.
Jackson, MI
Post #: 163
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists Dinner Meeting to be held at 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 27th. Our program will be a special treat for having Mark Thompson (by popular demand) to again be our featured speaker. In past meetings Mark has presented on the following enlightening topics:

• How to be an Informed Skeptic: the application of critical thinking
• The Science of Influence: Building the Better Society or Social Engineering
• Being Good for a Good Reason

The topic of Mark’s presentation at this meeting will be “Is Santa Claus a Gateway God?”

During this holiday season it is worth asking some hard questions about the myth of Santa Claus. Some use his “existence” to control the behavior of children. Others see it as a rite of passage as we go from trusting anything said to us by our parents to recognizing the lies used by those around us. Is this a good way to create a freethinking child with good critical thinking skills? Or does it encourage what we hope to reduce the use of magical thinking? Or worse yet, is the Big Guy the route to religion? Join Mark Thompson as he examines these and other questions.

Mark Thompson Bio

Mark Thompson is the Philosophy Group Coordinator for the Detroit Atheist Meetup. He has previously held the position of Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Center for Inquiry | Michigan. He has taught classes in skeptical thinking, the philosophy of Naturalism, and the use of social sciences for influencing opinions and behaviors. Mark is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Organizational Psychology with a focus on research methods. He also holds two Bachelor degrees with one in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University and another in Computer Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He spent ten years as communications and computer systems policy analyst modeling those system designs and operations. His lifelong interest in how humans really think and act (versus how they think they do) has led him to the Naturalist outlook and research on how to develop and apply it.

Dinner and Socializing will be from 5 to 6:15 PM.
Program will start at 6:30 PM

Old Great Wall Restaurant (Private Banquet Room)
4832 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Lansing, Michigan 48917
(517) 327-9500

Click on­. interactive map. (Not to be confused with the World Buffet Restaurant on the same strip mall, located west of Mall Drive that runs N-S between the 2 restaurants)

Menu Options:
• Buffet $9.65 incl. tax (beverage extra except for hot tea)
• Order individual entrée from the menu

RSVP appreciated by email and/or on our Meetup website http://atheists.meetu...­ to provide an approximate headcount.

We anticipate a good turnout for this meeting. Join us for another evening of fun and get acquainted with new members who have joined our group in recent months.

Jim Hong, Director
Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists
American Atheists Affiliate
(517) 750-3887, (517) 914-2278 cell

"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated."
…….Madalyn Murray O’Hair

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