Great Ideas from Egyptian Mythology - One of humanity’s earliest attempts to explain life, death, good, and evil, comes from the ancient civilization along the Nile. What gems of moral wisdom can we find buried among tombs, hieroglyphs and and scrolls for the dead? Come and find out!
How To Amicably Disagree - As a freethinker, you should expect to disagree with some of the ideas sent your way. How can this be done in a way that preserves working relationships and friendships? This week, we will chat about certain techniques and skills key to productive open discussions.
Colonizing Mars - The prospect of humanity expanding beyond its home planet has lent itself to science fiction for decades. However, in recent years, a number of governments and corporations have set in motion plans to create permanent settlements on the red planet. This week, we will go over the challenges they face, and the real reasons to set up new homes in space.
The Reason and Sense of Thomas Paine - Known best for his works “Common Sense” and “The Age of Reason,” Thomas Pain was a political activist, philosopher, and champion for individual rights, reason, freethought, and deism - long before such ideas were mainstream!
5 Habits for Better Physical Health - Exactly how much sleep, exercise, or dieting does the average person need anyway? In today’s discussion, we will look at what the actual science says, free from the confusing noise of health gurus and alternative medicine.
Developing Your Nonsense Detector - Every day, we may find ourselves bombarded by nonsensical claims from advertisements, health gurus, news media, politicians, etc. Can we improve our individual powers of nonsense detection? Are there common tropes that may unveil a fallacious claim? Let’s find out!
5 Habits for a Health Mind - We may often give thought to our physical and emotional wellbeing, but in this meeting, we are prioritizing cognitive health. Our conversation will touch on improving memory, brain function, static and dynamic IQ, and more!
Celebrating Wisdom - Special holidays and celebrations can bring fun, distinction, and a sense of unity to a community. In addition to your other local, national, and cultural festivities, we hope that you will join us in the creation and celebration of our first secular annual event - one of four now in development!
The Ideas and Ethics of Baruch Spinoza - This week, we are taking a look at a few great ideas from a brilliant but humble mind. Spinoza was one of the intellectuals who gave rise to the Enlightenment with no small amount of biblical criticism and a belief in the perfection of reality, as it actually is.
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Human-Caused Climate Change - Putting the political debate aside, what is the science behind all this talk of climate change, global warming, and ocean acidification? Is it as bad as the politicians say? How much of our climate is really affected by things like carbon emissions? Let’s check it out!
Great Ideas From Sikhism - As we continue to look for good moral teachings from around the world, we turn to a unique religion from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. You may recognize Sikhs by their turbans, beards, and swords, but their modern theism and peaceful worldview may be even more memorable.
De-Escalation Techniques - Our long-anticipated training for forum hosts is here! Aspiring moderators and forum participants alike are invited to learn how to bring people together for productive conversation. We will go over diffusion techniques, de-escalation techniques as well as effective tools in helping all participants follow the rules.
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