• Lucid Dreams - discussion group (South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking)
    Hello fellow humanists! After a two month hiatus, the leaders of South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking are proud to announce a new topic for December at their new venue. This month, they'll be discussing lucid dreams. Lucid Dreaming. People often associate dreams with mystical experiences. Why is that? What is a dream? There is good evidence that we are fully conscious during a dream, and most people find that surprising. Some questions: 1) In what ways do dreams feel different from waking life? How are sleep dreams similar to and different from.a day dream? 2) What are your thoughts about our ability to control what happens in our dreams? 3) Do we experience the time lapse in the dream in sync with the real amount of time which has lapsed? Is time dilated? 4) Have you ever had a dream which contain things which we didn't know resided in our subconscious. How could this happen? 5) Have you experienced a nightmare? What was it about. Do you have techniques for dealing with chronic nightmare? 6) The movie Inception was about dreams within dreams: what do you find believable and unbelievable from your experience? 7) Have you ever tried lucid dreaming and were you successful? 8) How are dreams associated with mystical experience? 9) Why is it we can't access the subconscious part of our brain which is used for dreams when we're wide awake? 10) How well can you predict your dreams? What else can you say about predicting dreams? A few resources: The mysteries of 'lucid' dreaming https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/27/mysteries-lucid-dreaming-brain-consciousness-research Measuring consciousness in dreams: The lucidity and consciousness in dreams scale https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810012002103 Lucid Dreaming: Psychophysiological studies of consciousness during REM sleep - by Stephen LaBerge. http://www.lucidity.com/LaBerge1990-Lucid_Dreaming=Psychophysiological_Studies_of_Consciousness_during_REM_Sleep.pdf Come with an open mind, and be willing to question your assumptions and not just to defend them. We want to be suspicious of our own confirmation bias. It would be good to do some searching for evidence to support the other side of the debate, before the meeting. How reliable is the information on either side? Why do people have such strong opinions when the evidence seems so inconclusive? Come and challenge yourself at this meeting of SBPCT. We have a new meeting place at Fujitsu in Sunnyvale: 1240 E Arques Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. It is very near the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and Central Expressway in Sunnyvale near the border with Santa Clara. The main entrance has three flag poles in front of it. This is the only door that will be open at that time. The room is immediately behind the receptionist desk. If you arrive late you might need to call one of us, and we will put the cell number on the door. So get your thinking caps on, and plan to exercise your thinking skills on the 2nd Thursday of each month. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th! This meeting is hosted by the Meetup group, "South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking". Here is a link to their meetup page https://www.meetup.com/philosophynow-105/events/256959889/ Organizers of this meeting are Ketih and Joel.

    Fujitsu meeting room

    1240 Arques Avenue · Sunnyvale, ca

  • South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking Meetup: Lucid Dreams - discussion group
    Please go to: https://www.meetup.com/humanistcommunity/events/256961946/ to find out more about, and to RSVP to, this Meetup event.

    Fujitsu meeting room

    1240 Arques Avenue · Sunnyvale, ca

  • Academic Video Group
    We are currently watching "A Brief History of the World" presented by Prof. Peter Stearns. You can learn more about it by going to "The Great Courses" Website at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/a-brief-history-of-the-world.html . There are 36 episodes, so we will be watching it for 18 Weeks. Here is the Introduction: Think of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, or the development of democratic rule in ancient Greece. Recall the innovations of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment—the remarkable flowering of drama and the arts, and revolutionary breakthroughs in science and philosophy. These are intriguing and important episodes, familiar to students of history. But haven't you also wondered: What else was going on in the world? Consider the enthralling tales of Venetian trader Marco Polo. He introduced the Western world to mysterious and exotic Asian cultures never before imagined. Those alien civilizations he visited had existed for centuries, even millennia. What do we know about that part of the story? We know of the glories of ancient Rome, the commanding empire that ruled the known world—but what about the lands that were not "known"? What, for example, of the Han dynasty in China? It existed alongside the Roman Empire but developed a more enduring legacy than that of the emperors of the Eternal City. How does that imperial saga relate to the more familiar story of Roman domination? And in the Dark Ages that came after the fall of the Roman Empire, we know that the era following Rome's glory days brought great political and social turmoil to the peoples of Europe. But at that time the Muslims of the Middle East and North Africa were experiencing remarkable cultural flourishing that produced innovations in art, medicine, philosophy, and technology—a true golden age for the civilization. If you have wondered about these other histories—of China and Japan, of Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America—you can now discover how these stories fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions........ (more). ================ This isn't a dull review of history, and the professor is quite engaging. We saw the first two Chapters on 31 May. Come join us to see the balance of these very interesting series. Come join us each Thursday to watch two half hour segments, then spend the rest of the time discussing what we just saw. For more information and to see more info on the current video please see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/ This meeting is held at the Home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For directions to his home please send an email to Carl Angotti at [masked].

    Hilton Brown's home

    E-mail 'brownofmtnview@aol.com' for address · Mountain View, CA

  • Forum: Patience in a Hectic World - Susan Cabrera
    In our fast-paced lives, we often feel impatient. We want things done as quickly as possible and are intolerant of delays. This talk will look at the quality of patience from a psychological point of view including the concepts of delayed gratification, emotional intelligence, and self-control. Also included will be examples of when to be patient and when to take action. Susan Cabrera has her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Stanford with emphasis in behavior modification. She has been a counselor at the Stanford Institute for Behavioral Counseling and a clinical researcher at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. Susan's poetry book Life in the Fast Lane will be available for sale after the talk. After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV/ Website: http://www.humanists.org/blog/ Videos of previous forums: https://vimeo.com/hcsv/ To continue our Forum series, please consider making a donation or becoming a member ( http://www.humanists.org/blog/membership/ ) of the Humanist Community. Do your online shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173979 , and Amazon donates to the Humanist Community every time you do.

    The Hacker Dojo

    3350 Thomas rd, Suite 150 · Santa Clara, CA

  • Social Action Committee Meeting
    The social action committee of the Humanist Community of Silicon Valley. The social action committee organizes events supporting the social good. For more information on how to get involved send a message to Fran (the organizer of this meetup).

    The Hacker Dojo

    3350 Thomas rd, Suite 150 · Santa Clara, CA

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  • Citizens' Climate Lobby Group Meeting at Friends Meeting House
    Monthly Silicon Valley South Group meeting. We will discuss actions we can take with respect to more outreach and education of the public and members of Congress with respect to how a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax can both improve the economy and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

    Friends Meeting House

    1041 Morse St · San Jose, CA

  • An Atheist Community of San Jose event: Saturnalia Supper! ACSJ Holiday Party!
    Please see https://www.meetup.com/ACofSJ/events/qbjjbqyxqbzb/ for more details and to RSVP.

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  • Free Thought Discussion Group
    Discussion of a selected book or recent news events. FIRST WEDNESDAY Discussion of recent news events ALL OTHER WEDNESDAYS Current Book “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathon Haidt, 244 Pages. For much more information and to see more about this book see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

    Hilton Brown's home

    E-mail 'brownofmtnview@aol.com' for address · Mountain View, CA

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  • Free Thought Discussion Group
    Discussion of a selected book or recent news events. FIRST WEDNESDAY Discussion of recent news events ALL OTHER WEDNESDAYS Current Book “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathon Haidt, 244 Pages. For much more information and to see more about this book see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

    Hilton Brown's home

    E-mail 'brownofmtnview@aol.com' for address · Mountain View, CA

  • Academic Video Group
    We are currently watching "A Brief History of the World" presented by Prof. Peter Stearns. You can learn more about it by going to "The Great Courses" Website at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/a-brief-history-of-the-world.html . There are 36 episodes, so we will be watching it for 18 Weeks. Here is the Introduction: Think of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, or the development of democratic rule in ancient Greece. Recall the innovations of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment—the remarkable flowering of drama and the arts, and revolutionary breakthroughs in science and philosophy. These are intriguing and important episodes, familiar to students of history. But haven't you also wondered: What else was going on in the world? Consider the enthralling tales of Venetian trader Marco Polo. He introduced the Western world to mysterious and exotic Asian cultures never before imagined. Those alien civilizations he visited had existed for centuries, even millennia. What do we know about that part of the story? We know of the glories of ancient Rome, the commanding empire that ruled the known world—but what about the lands that were not "known"? What, for example, of the Han dynasty in China? It existed alongside the Roman Empire but developed a more enduring legacy than that of the emperors of the Eternal City. How does that imperial saga relate to the more familiar story of Roman domination? And in the Dark Ages that came after the fall of the Roman Empire, we know that the era following Rome's glory days brought great political and social turmoil to the peoples of Europe. But at that time the Muslims of the Middle East and North Africa were experiencing remarkable cultural flourishing that produced innovations in art, medicine, philosophy, and technology—a true golden age for the civilization. If you have wondered about these other histories—of China and Japan, of Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America—you can now discover how these stories fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions........ (more). ================ This isn't a dull review of history, and the professor is quite engaging. We saw the first two Chapters on 31 May. Come join us to see the balance of these very interesting series. Come join us each Thursday to watch two half hour segments, then spend the rest of the time discussing what we just saw. For more information and to see more info on the current video please see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/ This meeting is held at the Home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For directions to his home please send an email to Carl Angotti at [masked].

    Hilton Brown's home

    E-mail 'brownofmtnview@aol.com' for address · Mountain View, CA