Brunch with Dr. Hector Avalos

This is our regular, weekly Meetup, but today we will have a special guest. Dr. Hector Avalos, professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University will be joining us for a special meetup in his honor.  Dr. Avalos has written several books and has been a long time supporter and resource for the atheists community.  IAF is pleased to welcome him to our meetup. Come join us for interesting discussions and a chance to meet one of our heros.  Please RSVP as space may be limited.

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IAF Book Discussion Group, Session 2016.09

The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.

For this session the group will continue discussion on the text “Mistakes Were Made [but not by me] (revised edition*)”  by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson. Given Dustin’s diligent preparation last time, I can safely say this session’s discussion will be just as engrossing with him guiding the proceedings.

The reading assignment for this session will cover chapters 3, 4 & 5 (pages 88 to 205). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.

*The revised edition has a blue and white cover (as shown) as opposed to the 2007 edition which has a primarily yellow cover.

The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂

*NOTE* Refreshments will no longer be provided gratis. If you require anything for drinking or snacking, you will have to bring it yourself.

You can read about the book on the publisher’s Website by following this LINK</a>  or by going to the Goodreads page for the title <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/522525.Mistakes_Were_Made_But_Not_by_Me_”>HERE.

If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the publisher’s site –

Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.

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‘Non-belief’ doesn’t make atheists devil worshipers

From the Des Moines Register August 7, 2016


gary_touched_upI found Daniel Finney’s July 31 column interesting [Emails show Democrats disrespect for atheists], as I’m uncertain why there is this fear or hatred toward atheists. Atheism is really one plain and simple thing — a lack of belief in any god.

Not hatred of a god or religious person, just a non-belief. I don’t hate a person who has cancer without hating cancer. I don’t hate a child who believes in Santa Claus or unicorns. I simply do not share their belief. I have no agenda. I do not worship the devil or anything else. I believe in science, but do not worship it.

The national goal of the American Atheist Association is twofold — separation of church and state and to offer support to those who are like-minded and know they are not alone in a country where the majority have a religion. I do not deny we’re in a minority, but elimination of atheism worldwide would be accomplished easily — just prove there is a god.

Proving a negative is impossible. You can’t prove there is no Easter bunny or tooth fairy, so I can’t prove there is no god. The burden of proof is on those who tell me I should worship their god. Prove it exists and I’ll be happy to worship it. Any god. Poof! Atheism gone forever.

— Gary DeSomber, West Des Moines

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Guest Lecture: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is an author, poet and environmental activist whose more than forty books include “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Blind Assassin,” and the MaddAddam trilogy featuring “Oryx and Crake.”  Atwood’s many international literary awards include the prestigious Booker Prize for contemporary fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction and the Governor General’s Award for fiction in her native Canada. Her critical acclaim is equally matched by her popularity among readers and following on Twitter. Margaret Atwood is widely known for her commentary on the human condition and female experience. Her forthcoming book “Hag-Seed” is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

Margaret Atwood’s Lecture Event:

http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/38426

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Labor Day Cookout and Potluck

This is a family-friendly get together for fun, food and conversation. Guests are welcome.

Please bring something to grill, drinks, and a dish to share as well as games or activities.  IAF will provide plates, cups, napkins and utensils.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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