Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of Contradictions?

Dr. Sharat G. Lin

11 a.m., June 23, 2019

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter, has one of the most repressive regimes, is a cornerstone in stabilizing the U.S. dollar, has one of the most oppressive labor systems, is the biggest funder of Islamic institutions worldwide, and plays a pivotal role in the genesis of and fight against jihadi movements. Sharat G. Lin takes a look inside the Kingdom of contradictions and extremes.

Dr. Lin is a research fellow at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, the Middle East, and public health. He has lived for several years in Saudi Arabia.

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It’s Getting Hotter and We are Causing It

Dr. Michael Mallary

11 a.m., June 16, 2019

This talk on Climate Change will discuss the science and politics of how we got here, where we are, and where we are going. Suggestions for how we can mitigate what is very likely to be a climatic disaster in this century and for many centuries beyond will be presented.

Dr. Mallary received his PhD in High Energy Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1972. He did research in H.E.P. as a professor at Northeastern University until 1978 (20 publications) when he went into industry. Since then, he has been awarded 165 issued patents (and authored 37 publications) while working for almost all of the major disk drive manufacturers. All of your magnetic disk drives utilize some of these inventions.

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A Selected Talk from the 2019 AHA Annual Conference

11 a.m., June 9, 2019

A video of a selected talk from the 2019 American Humanist Association Annual Conference will be shown, and then discussed by the attendees. As soon as it’s determined which talk will be shown, that information will be added to this listing.

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Ridding our Democracy of “Dark Money”

Craig Dunkerley

11 a.m., June 2, 2019

Craig Dunkerley, Southbay Coordinator of the California Clean Money Campaign (www.yesfairelections.org), will discuss his organization’s recent victories and current efforts to reduce the influence of money in politics.

California Clean Money Campaign is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2002 that works on various election reforms, with a primary focus on reducing the influence of special interest money in politics.

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Exploring the Concepts of Bullsh*t

Carl Angotti

11 a.m., May 26, 2019

This presentation is based on the concepts discussed in the book “On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt, 2005, Princeton University Press – Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton.

We will explore such concepts as:

What is BS?
Why is there so much of it?
What is the Difference between BS and a Lie?
What is a BS Artist?
What do the New Ideas of Modern Psychology have to contribute?

As such, this presentation will focus on some of the major concepts discussed in Frankfurt’s Book. These ideas will be combined with those of modern psychological knowledge and how it operates to enhance, and even contribute to the BS found all around us. These ideas can illustrate how most, if not all, of us contribute to the pool of BS in the World.

Bio:

This presentation will be given by Carl Angotti, a longtime member of the Humanist Community. He is trained and worked as an Electronic Engineering Product Development Consultant in Silicon Valley for many years. He holds an BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS from USC in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Business from SJSU. He has also been an amateur student of Philosophy, Psychology and Economics since his youth and early adulthood.

He was intrigued by the concept of BS and how it operates in everyday life, in advertising and in politics.

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