Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 1:00 PM
Colors and textures have a profound, if sometimes unrecognized, impact on our day to day lives. Whether it’s the feel of a knitted blanket or the brilliant contrast of a bowl of oranges against a bare counter top, texture and color are everywhere. Learning how to be more mindful of these oft-hidden facets of our world can open us up in ways we never thought possible, broadening our horizons in new and interesting directions.
Come join us for a tour of the various exhibits the Des Moines Art Center has to offer on Saturday the 25th as we explore the intellectual side of texture and color. Of note at this time is a textiles exhibit called ‘Fiber Sculpture’ that explores color and form in relation to materials production. This exhibit only runs until August so take this opportunity to explore a truly wonderful display of color and texture in pleasing forms. For more on this exhibit and other features, visit the main website here<a>.</a>
We will meet at the Art Center at 1 PM and tour the galleries and grounds until the Center closes at 4 PM. Afterward, we can find an eatery or meeting place close by to discuss our observations and reflect on the experience we have just enjoyed. Feel free to bring a note/sketch pad with which to record your observations while touring the gallery. Everyone is reminded to observe Art Center policy with regard to conduct. The receptionist at the front desk will be able to explain the rules of the Art Center and gallery attendants will be on hand to further explain these rules should any issues arise.
Admission is free for all patrons but the Art Center does appreciate donations to it’s general fund. Feel free to contribute as you see fit by leaving a donation, no matter how small, in the box provided just inside the main entrance. We hope to see as many of you as possible.
Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 7:00 PM
The IAF Book Discussion Group has been formed in an effort to continue the long tradition we have within the organization of interesting and stimulating conversations on topics relevant to the Secular movement.
For this session we will discuss the first part of ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman.
The reading assignment for this session will cover Part 1 (Introduction through to the end of chapter 9). Be prepared, if possible, to present one or two things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.
Here is a description of the book from MacMillan Publishers –
“In the international bestseller, ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a ground-breaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation–each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgements and decisions.
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives–and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.“
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. We’ll see you there. 🙂
Saturday, 18 Jul 2015 8:00 AM
We will be protesting Bob Vander Plaats “Family Leadership Summit” on Saturday July 18th in Ames. The following people will be speaking at Stephens Auditorium:
Gary Bauer, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Bobby Jindal, Tony Perkins, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Governor Scott Walker, Bob Vander Plaats
We demonstrated against this event last year and had the opportunity to speak to reporters from across the country. This is an excellent opportunity to let people know that not all Iowans support people like Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum.