The Misinformation and Misconception Problem

Brad Hoge (PhD, MEd)

11 a.m., March 17, 2019

Brad Hoge, the Director of Teacher Support at the National Center for Science Education (see https://ncse.com/), will discuss the misinformation and misconception problem – how misinformation targets misconception and what NCSE is doing about it.

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Building Secular Political Clout: The Path to a Secular Voting Bloc

Sarah Levin

11 a.m., March 10, 2019 (NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins on this day)

Sarah Levin is the young, dynamic Director of Grassroots and Community Programs at the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) in Washington, DC. The Secular Coalition represents U.S. Atheist, Humanist, Skeptic, Freethought, and other secular organizations in promoting a secular agenda in the US Congress and throughout the U.S. Government. Sarah will give an update on SCA’s important lobbying work on our behalf on Capital Hill. She will present SCA’s Secular Values Voter campaign, a long-term vision to build and mobilize a cohesive, influential secular voting bloc. This action-oriented presentation is geared toward individuals and community organizers looking for ways to get more involved in political advocacy.

Sarah Levin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University, where she was President of the Secular Student Alliance. She served in AmeriCorps, and joined the Secular Coalition in 2013. Since then she has managed and expanded the Secular Coalition’s State Advocacy Program and implemented innovative grassroots campaigns at national and state levels.

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Using Emotional Tools to Leverage Logic & Reason When Discussing Religion

BW Ellis

11 a.m., March 3, 2019

Ever hit an emotional wall when you are trying to present logical and reasoned arguments about religion?

It’s all part of being human, so use the human quality of emotional appeal combined with professional marketing tactics and the language of diplomacy to reach others when discussing atheism, humanism, and a secular worldview. Change minds using the same methods employed by some of the most convincing and influential people in western history.

For over two decades BW Ellis has worked in the communications industry. From operating his own business’s marketing endeavors to running his own graphic design firm, to designing and building large scale communications packages for the medical services, corporate, educational, and public sector industries, his expertise has reached millions.

Now, BW Ellis is producing a radio show (and podcast coming soon) called Talk Like An Atheist. This effort is an attempt to teach the tools used to convince people in commercial marketing for use toward making the case for non-belief.

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G0d spelled with a zer0? Kabbalistic and Scientific reasons why

Rabbi Ari Cartun

11 a.m., February 24, 2019

Note: Elections for the Board of Directors of the Humanist Community will be held before this Forum. You must be an up-to-date member of the community to vote. Please arrive 10 minutes early so the voting will not disrupt the regular Forum. For more info, please see the bottom of this webpage.

The speaker, Rabbi Ari Cartun was, for 21 years, the Hillel Rabbi at Stanford University, and, for 19 years after that, rabbi of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto.

He is finishing the editing of a book using computer and internet analogies to Jewish thought, titled “Mindware for a G0dwrestler: Jewish Thought in the Age of Thinking Machines”.

Rabbi Cartun and Evangelical Pastor, Danielle Parish (whose Spark Church meets at Etz Chayim) podcast on Jewish and Christian thought at https://www.rabbiandpastor.net/podcast. They are currently casting pods chapter by chapter through Genesis.

A frustrated chemist who took a right turn into the rabbinate, in his spare time he reads all the science he can get. He considers science to be the original language in which the Book of Genesis was written.

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More info about the Board election before this Forum:

You can request a vote-by-mail (email) ballot from Alex Havasy at havasy@live.com, by Thursday. Alex will email you a ballot which must be returned before Sunday. If you ask to vote by email you will not be able to vote Sunday.

There are seven positions and seven candidates. Candidates are:

Greg Alexander
Kakoli Banerjee
Matt Courtney
Pam Erwin
Lori Fuller
Alfred Jan
Ray Sundby

U.S. Labor and Working People are in Trouble

Steve Zeltzer

11 a.m., February 17, 2019

U.S. labor and working people are in trouble. The issues of deregulation, privatization and technology with mobile platforms have made millions of workers temporary with no real future in our country. This presentation will look at how labor ended up in this crisis and the growing strike wave and anger among working people in the United States. It will also look at the future of labor in the U.S. and globally.

Steve Zeltzer is the founder of the Labor Video Project and Labortech.net. He produces a weekly labor show on KPFA called WorkWeek Radio, and has produced documentaries including “Halfway To Hell, The Workers and Unions That Built The Golden Gate Bridge”, narrated by Danny Glover.

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