The Shutdown of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Gene Nelson

11 a.m., February 28, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Gene Nelson will discuss “The Shutdown of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant”.

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, PG&E announced that it would not renew the licenses for the plant. In 2018 the California Public Utilities Commission approved the shutdown scheduled for 2024-2025.

Gene Nelson will present the case for reversing this decision. Gene is the Government Liaison of Californians for Green Nuclear Power. Gene has been active in matters of science and public policy, providing testimony on Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s safety, reliability, and emission-free power before the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, California Coastal Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, and The California Public Utilities Commission.

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How we know what we know: Biology and Evolution

Ron Garret

11 a.m., February 21, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Ron Garret will discuss “How we know what we know: Biology and Evolution”.

Ron Garret is a software engineer by trade. He is currently working on easy-to-use-cryptography software. He was a co-founder and CTO of Virgin Charter, and an early hire at Google. He was previously a rocket scientist. He also made a feature-length documentary about homelessness (graceofgodmovie.com). His blog can be found at blog.rongarret.info.

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How we know what we know: Biology and Evolution – Ron Garret from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Palliative Care

Jamie Schweizer, Registered Nurse

11 a.m., January 31, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, the topic will be “Palliative Care”. The speaker will be Jamie Schweizer, who is a Registered Nurse currently working in palliative care at Kaiser Permanente. She will discuss palliative care; what it is, how it differs from hospice, and the impact of COVID-19.

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Palliative Care – Jamie Schweizer from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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The Hard Problem of Consciousness: Why Do We Feel What We Feel?

Michael Abramson

11 a.m., January 17, 2021

Here is the speaker’s description of his talk:

“My area of expertise is system modeling and simulation. The folks like me are usually interested in systems’ behavior and not in their feelings. We can say sometimes that a particle “feels” the force, but only metaphorically.

Yet we know that at least some systems, such as humans and animals, really feel something, and for us this subjective experience seems very real. How to reconcile this reality with the reality of physical and chemical processes in our brains?

This seems so difficult to do that this is known as “The Hard Problem of Consciousness.” It looks like physics just doesn’t have a place for something like subjective experience. Or does it?

In this talk I’m going to discuss a radical idea that can make the hard problem of consciousness almost trivial, but may also have profound implications for how we see the world and ourselves, how we trust science and other people, and what kind of moral choices we have. You can decide how this worldview, which I’d call “subjective materialism,” can be consistent with humanism.”

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Brief History of California K-12 Education

Jerry Pannone

11 a.m., December 13, 2020

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Jerry Pannone will discuss “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Brief History of California K-12 Education”.

Jerry Pannone is a professional musician and retired music and humanities teacher who taught elementary through high school in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Mateo. He retired from the San Francisco School of the Arts High School.

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