Two videos on “God Does NOT Exist”

Michael Shermer and Peter Millican

11 a.m., August 14, 2022

This Sunday we we will watch and discuss two videos on the topic “God Does NOT Exist”, debated at the Oxford Union Society.

Dr Michael Shermer begins by saying that 84% of the world’s population believe in some kind of organised religion. How do those who believe in a particular religion know that they have chosen the right one and everyone else has got it wrong?
Dr. Shermer is an author and founder of the Skeptics Society.
You can see his 16-minute talk at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pOI2YvVuuE.

Professor Peter Millican says that every religion has a moral code, but this is not surprising as humans are universally moral beings. We are moral because we are a weak species, and the only way we can survive is by cooperation in society. We need a morality to be able to do that.
Professor Millican is the Gilbert Ryle Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy at Hertford College, and a Reader in Early Modern Philosophy at Oxford.
You can see his 23-minute talk at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcHRRjsttOc.

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Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonegut’s Humanism

Wayne Laufert

11 a.m., July 17, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a talk about the life of author Kurt Vonnegut. In 1992, Vonnegut was given the Humanist of the Year Award and was the AHA’s Honorary President from that year until his death in 2007.

Behaving Decently is a talk given to the American Humanist Association by Wayne Laufert last June17 on World Humanist Day. Wayne is a former newspaper reporter and editor who now proofreads material published by the United States government. He has been a member of the humanist Baltimore Ethical Society since 2013 and a fan of Kurt Vonnegut since long before that. Wayne joined the Vonnegut Baltimore book club in 2011, as it began its second season. These days he runs the club with lots of help.

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My Life on the Bench…What Works, What’s Broken, and How to Change It

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell

11 a.m., July 10, 2022

Judge Cordell will discuss her newly released book: “Her Honor”, where she provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts.
You might want to review the link to her book at https://judgecordell.com/her-honor . Here you can see more info about her book, and purchase it.

Speaker Biography
LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, a 1974 graduate of Stanford Law School, was the first lawyer to open a law practice in East Palo Alto, a low-income community of color.
In 1978, she was appointed Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stanford Law School, where she implemented a successful minority admissions program.
In 1982, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ms. Cordell to the Municipal Court of Santa Clara County.
In 1988, Judge Cordell won election to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, making her the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court in northern California.
In 2001, she retired from the bench to become Vice Provost & Special Counselor to the President for Campus Relations at Stanford University. She left that position in 2009.
In 2003, accepting no monetary donations, Judge Cordell, ran a grassroots campaign and won a 4-year term on the Palo Alto City Council.
Judge Cordell was the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose for five years (2010-2015. Under her leadership, the office gained national prominence.
In 2016, Judge Cordell chaired a Blue-Ribbon Commission in Santa Clara County that investigated the jails in the aftermath of the murder of an inmate by jail guards; she also served on a Blue Ribbon Panel that evaluated the culture of the San Francisco Police Department after racist and sexist text messages surfaced.
In 2018, Judge Cordell was the voice of the opposition and campaigned vigorously against the recall of Judge Aaron Persky.
Judge Cordell has been an on-camera legal analyst for CBS-5 television and a guest commentator on Court TV, MSNBC’s “The Weekend with Joshua Johnson,” and “The Mehdi Hasan Show” on NBC’s Peacock Network.
She is a mother and lives in Palo Alto with her partner of 30+ years. In her spare time, Judge Cordell is a pianist, vocalist, portrait artist, cartoonist. Her recently released memoir, Her Honor, is published by Celadon, a division of Macmillan Publishing.
You can follow her on Twitter: @judgecordell. Website: www.judgecordell.com

220710 LaDoris Hazzard Cordell.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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The New (and Old) Attacks on Free Thought: Kindly Inquisitors

A video of a talk by Jonathan Rauch

11 a.m., July 3, 2022

This Sunday we’ll watch and discuss “The New (and Old) Attacks on Free Thought: Jonathan Rauch on Kindly Inquisitors,” in which Jonathan Rauch, an American author, journalist, and activist, talks about attacks on free speech with the New York Times’ John Tierney, in a lively conversation at New York City’s Museum of Sex, on October 15, 2013.

You can watch this one-hour video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFVRRP-J9mI.

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The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American

A video of a talk by Andrew Seidel

11 a.m., June 26, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American,” a presentation by Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney with the Freedom from Religion Foundation. This talk was given in March 2020, but the issue is becoming more important every day. He based this talk on his book of the same name, available at https://andrewlseidel.com/the-founding-myth/.

You can watch this 1-hour-and-8-minute video of his talk at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVEqYk-hjNM.

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