October 2009

The Vatican recently announced that it will make it easier for disenchanted Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church. Below are segments from The Daily Show and Colbert Report regarding this news.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Holy Water Under the Bridge – Randall Balmer
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HUSBAY lectures this season will be held on the first Monday of each month, October 2009 through April 2010.

MONDAY, 7:00pm, Nov. 2nd, 2009
At The Howard Center, 1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota. Free, of course!
See the directions below.

SPEAKER: Steven Fiske is in his second year of a PhD program in Cognitive Psychology at USF. He is currently conducting research in visual perception and attention, although his interests span a variety of other fields including evolutionary biology and philosophy. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and Philosophy.

TOPIC: Freethinks on campus! Steven Fiske, Vice-President of the USF Freethinkers, the local chapter of the Secular Student Alliance, describes the organizations and status of freethinkers, humanists, and secular students on campus.

Our meetings this year are at The Howard Center, 1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota, Florida 34236. The Howard Center is on the west side of Cattlemen Road, about two blocks south of Bahia Vista, and about eight blocks north of Bee Ridge Road. If you are coming from Tamiami Trail, take Bee Ridge Road east for about three miles, then turn north (left) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center. If you are coming from I75, take the Bee Ride Road west exit, go one or two blocks, then turn north (right) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center.

The Howard Center is a one-story white building with lots of parking in front and behind the building.

Questions? Call Meigs Glidewell 941-927-5665.

From Newsweek:

It’s the book every medical writer in the country wants to ignore. Suzanne Somers’s latest “health” tome hit the bookstores this week, and this time she’s offering her advice on how to cure and prevent cancer. As if people with cancer don’t have enough problems. When the review copy arrived, we decided to give it a once-over—so you don’t have to.

From Physorg.com

“There is this idea that because medicine has been so good at reducing mortality rates, that means that natural selection is no longer operating in humans,” said Stephen Stearns of Yale University. A recent analysis by Stearns and colleagues turns this idea on its head. As part of a working group sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC, the team of researchers decided to find out if natural selection — a major driving force of evolution — is still at work in humans today. The result? Human evolution hasn’t ground to a halt. In fact, we’re likely to evolve at roughly the same rates as other living things, findings suggest.

From Wired:

The rejection of hard-won knowledge is by no means a new phenomenon. In 1905, French mathematician and scientist Henri Poincaré said that the willingness to embrace pseudo-science flourished because people “know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether illusion is not more consoling.” Decades later, the astronomer Carl Sagan reached a similar conclusion: Science loses ground to pseudo-science because the latter seems to offer more comfort. “A great many of these belief systems address real human needs that are not being met by our society,” Sagan wrote of certain Americans’ embrace of reincarnation, channeling, and extraterrestrials. “There are unsatisfied medical needs, spiritual needs, and needs for communion with the rest of the human community.”

Looking back over human history, rationality has been the anomaly. Being rational takes work, education, and a sober determination to avoid making hasty inferences, even when they appear to make perfect sense. Much like infectious diseases themselves — beaten back by decades of effort to vaccinate the populace — the irrational lingers just below the surface, waiting for us to let down our guard.

From Telegraph.co.uk:

A sexually explicit illustrated Book of Genesis by controversial artist Robert Crumb, which features Bible characters having intercourse, has been condemned by religious groups.

Think+Drink at South Florida Museum: Have Humans “Beaten” Evolution?

Have our culture, technology and knowledge of genomics taken us out of the evolutionary loop? Do the rules still apply to us? Join Jeff Rodgers, Director of Education at the South Florida Museum for a look at modern human evolution and the idea that, to a large extent, humans now direct their own fate.

Wednesday, October, 21st, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

South Florida Museum
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205


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