How-Do-We-Know: Astrology, Astronomy, and Cosmology

Ron Garret

11 a.m., January 6, 2019

This is the second in a series of talks on the history of science and how we came to our present understanding of how our world works. This installment focuses on astronomy and cosmology, tracing the history of these fields from the ancient Greeks through to the recent discoveries of dark matter, dark energy, and gravitational waves.

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. His blog can be found here.

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Patience in a Hectic World

Susan Cabrera

11 a.m., December 16, 2018

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.

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Seven Intelligences for Navigating in our World

Manuel Manga

11 a.m., December 9, 2018

Our world today is more complex and demanding of us, thus people feel overwhelmed and confused. People often choose simplistic answers and archaic systems of thinking in order to make sense of the world. From this overwhelmed mindset people also elect political leaders that promise simplictic solutions. In this talk, Manuel Manga offers 7 types of intelligence that can assist us in navigating our world in order to be more effective in life and co-create a better future for humanity”.

Manuel Manga is co-founder of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership (www.evoleadinstitute.com) based in Oakland, California, whose purpose is to contribute toward a just, sustainable, and flourishing world. He is a consultant, and executive coach, and has worked in the United States, Africa, Asia, Canada, Latin America, Europe and India.

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Corporate Personhood – Has the Court Gone Too Far?

Attorney Leland Chan

November 18, 2018

Mini Law School: In this next topic of the series we will explore the Supreme Court’s controversial decisions to grant personhood to corporations for purposes of first amendment “free speech” (i.e., spending money on elections per Citizens United) and exercise of religion (per Hobby Lobby).

Throughout U.S. history corporations have fought hard to claim Constitutional rights that are similar to rights accorded to natural persons. Has the Court gone too far? This presentation by Leland Chan (Golden Gate University School of Law) will draw upon the book “We The Corporations” by UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.

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Should Judges Make Laws?

Attorney Leland Chan

October 28, 2018

Note: This Forum will be held at Hacker Dojo, 3350 Thomas Road, Suite 150, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Click here for a map.

The contested nomination of Brett Kavanaugh highlights the fact that many Americans on the left and the right look to the Supreme Court to decide some of society’s big questions: whether abortion should be legal, whether corporations can spend freely on elections, whether all citizens who are real persons have the right to vote.

Why do we invest so much power in the “third branch of government,” the one that Alexander Hamilton referred to in Federalist Papers No. 78 as the “weakest” branch because it had “no influence over either the sword or the purse”? Is it because of judicial activism? Are we better off with original intent or living constitutionalism? Or should we just abandon judicial philosophy – in other words just accept the reality that judges are political and be sure we get the right ones in order to get the right results?

We will examine these intriguing questions in the next segment of the Mini Law School.

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