Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette

A video of Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette

11 a.m., October 2, 2022

Join the Humanist Forum, this Sunday at 11 AM, in person OR on Zoom, to watch and discuss the video, “Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette.” This delightful conversation is from Live Talks LA, and was recorded at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School on October, 2015. They will discuss Dawkin’s memoir, “Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science”.

You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum at a nominal fee.

Those of us attending in person will follow COVID protocols. We require vaccinations and masks, and if you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).

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SkepTalk: How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation

A video of a talk by Jonathan Jarry

11 a.m., September 25, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a video from Bay Area’s SkepTalk on “How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation.”
This informative talk will address fears of the backfire effect, as well as provide evidence-based recommendations on how best to push back against misinformation, using examples drawn from the ivermectin saga, Havana syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity.
The speaker, Jonathan Jarry, is a science communicator with McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He has a Master’s degree in molecular biology, and he brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence. He talks about science every Friday on CTV Montreal News and is regularly interviewed in both English- and French-language media.
You can preview this video here:

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

To see the Forum, and to ask questions or make comments, if you wish, click here.
Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

You can also call any of the following phone numbers and then enter the above Meeting ID and the Passcode in order to join the meeting by phone.
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History of Atheism

Werner Haag

11 a.m., September 18, 2022

Werner Haag will discuss the history of atheism, with information taken predominantly from the comprehensive book entitled “Doubt” by Jennifer Michael Hecht.
Skepticism is as old as religion and seems to occur in all religions, as far back as historical records go, some several hundred years BCE. Thus, doubt goes much farther back than the scientific revolutions of a few hundred years ago, and even before the famous ancient Greek philosophers. Join us through this journey of doubt from ancient times in India, through the dark ages of Christianity and Islam in Europe and the Middle East, through the Enlightenment era and the Neo-atheism of the 21st century.
Carneades, ca. 330 BCE:
“If Gods greatest gift to man is the gift of reason, why did he distribute it so unequally?”
Werner Haag is the current President of the ACSJ, has a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, and has presented many times at scientific conferences and to various Atheist and Humanist groups on topics such as the Biological Origins of Morality, and Examples of Real-time Evolution.

220918 Werner Haag.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

To see the Forum, and to ask questions or make comments, if you wish, click here.
Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

You can also call any of the following phone numbers and then enter the above Meeting ID and the Passcode in order to join the meeting by phone.
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
You can find international phone numbers to call here.

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Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot

Video of a talk by Seth Andrews

11 a.m., September 11, 2022

The world feels like a dire place. Let’s inject some levity into our forums.
At this Sunday’s meeting we will watch and discuss a video, “Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot.”
Seth Andrews is an activist, author, and speaker on the subject of atheism. He is the creator and host of The Thinking Atheist online community, podcast, and YouTube channel, as well as the author of three self-published books. Prior to his atheist activism, he was a fundamentalist Christian and had a ten-year career as a Christian radio host.
You can preview this 38-minute video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URr0O9aHW38
Come join us for a lively discussion.

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

To see the Forum, and to ask questions or make comments, if you wish, click here.
Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

You can also call any of the following phone numbers and then enter the above Meeting ID and the Passcode in order to join the meeting by phone.
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
You can find international phone numbers to call here.

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Dinner & Musical Evening with Dan Barker, FFRF Co-President

Dan Barker

6:30 p.m., September 9, 2022

Dan Barker is the co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), the nation’s largest freethought association with over 30,000 members. Dan will play the piano and sing many of his fine freethought songs to us and with us. He will also speak briefly on the topic “Losing Faith in Faith,” followed by Q&A, and will give us a quick update on FFRF’s important work.

After about 19 years as a minister and evangelist, Dan became a nontheist by 1984. He now leads FFRF with his equally legendary wife, freethought leader Annie Laurie Gaylor. FFRF is known as a prominent champion of the separation of church and state in the United States.
Dan has written numerous books and an astonishing array of nonreligious songs (see “Dan Barker music” on YouTube). He and Annie Laurie host Freethought Radio and Freethought Matters on TV.

This exciting event is free and will begin the evening with a simple dinner in the meeting room. ACSJ will provide lasagna, salad, vegetables, fruits, and snacks, plus a variety of drinks including beer and wine. Please let us know if you can help bring any of the above items or want to add something different to the potluck. Please arrive by 6:30 so that there is time to mingle and eat before the presentation begins at about 7:00-7:15.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to engage with Dan Barker in person. This joyous event is appropriate for people of all ages, including children of course.

Please be COVID-careful. If you are experiencing any symptoms that might be COVID, kindly skip this event for the sake of your fellow nonbelievers. We will have space to spread out in this large room. Wearing a mask is encouraged, when you are not eating, drinking, or singing.

The Atheist Community of San Jose invites members of other nonreligious groups to join us for this special event.

LOCATION: Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
BUILDING: Recreation Center
ROOM: Community Room
PARKING: There is plenty of free parking in the Community Center lots

If you want to see more of Dan Barker, he will also be presenting in the North Bay on Saturday Sept 10 and in Sacramento on Sunday Sept 11 (Come Meet Dan Barker!, Sun, Sep 11, 2022, 1:30 PM | https://www.meetup.com/sacfan/events/287745212/)

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