August 2016 Newsletter

  Next general meeting, AUGUST 17 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30    The discussion topic for this month: How can society distinguish between the violent actions of extremists, and those of the mentally ill, and should they be treated differently? This …

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July 2016 Newsletter

Next general meeting, July 20 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM.  Discussion starts at 6:30  The discussion topic for this month: When was the moment that you decided you were an (choose one) Atheist/Agnostic/Humanist/Secularist/Free Thinker/Rationalist?  What was your first inkling that the religion of your birth …

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June 2016 Newsletter

Next general meeting, Wednesday June 15 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM.  Discussion starts at 6:30 The discussion topic for this month: “Street Epistemology” Presented by Kathleen O’Conner Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from mere opinion. What is the most productive way …

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May 2016 Newsletter

Next general meeting, May 18 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30 The discussion topic for this month: Grief Without Belief Presented by Maria Doucette. Atheists must come to terms with the reality that when a loved one dies, we will not be …

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April 2016 Newsletter

Discussion topic for this month: Violence and the Human Condition Presented by Adrian Tillery Adrian writes: “What motivates violence? Why do compassionate people kill others, or themselves? Most acts of violence are actually committed by people that feel they are doing the right thing.  What role does violence have in regulating our social relationships/contracts? When …

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Interview with Bart Erhman RE: the source of the Gospels

I ran across this brief interview with Bart Erhman and I thought it might interest the group. An Interview With Author Bart D. Ehrman Q: What is it that drives your fascination with how Jesus has been "remembered" and "misremembered"? A: When most people today read the Gospels of the New Testament, they nearly always …

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March 2016 Newsletter

Discussion Topic for This Month: God, Save Us From Your Followers! Presented by Henry Aguirre. Henry asks, “What do the following, mostly violent, events have in common: 1914 Jehovah’s Witness Last Days, 1978 Jonestown Massacre, 1984 Rajneeshee Bioterror Attack, 1993 Waco Siege, 1995 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack, 2001 World Trade Center Attack, 2016 Malheur/Bundy Standoff. Answer: In each …

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Durango Skeptics and Atheists Newsletter March 2016

Next general meeting, March 16 Meetings are at Irish Embassy 900 Main Street Durango Dinner from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30   The topic for this month: God, Save Us From Your Followers! Presented by Henry Aguirre. Henry asks, “What do the following, mostly violent, events have in common: 1914 Jehovah’s Witness Last Days, 1978 Jonestown …

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February 2016 Newsletter

Discussion Topic for This Month: “Ethical Non-Monogamy” presented by Kimberly Pennington What makes non-monogamy ‘ethical' ? What are some advantages/disadvantages of monogamy/non-monogamy? What about Jealousy? The science of sexual coupling in animals and in humans Are humans naturally monogamous? Kimberly has provided her on-line sources…. http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/monogamy-vs-polyamory/ http://m.livescience.com/1135-wild-sex-monogamy-rare.html http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/health/why-monogamy-evolution-studies/ http://www.livescience.com/27129-polyamory-good-relationships.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monogamy#Monogamy_in_ancient_societies http://www.usnews.com/news/national/articles/2008/03/27/how-common-are-cheatingspouses http://www.livescience.com/49690-humans-naturally-monogamous-promiscuous.html ….as well as …

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Durango Skeptics and Atheists Newsletter February 2016

  Next general meeting, February 17 Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango Dinner from 5:30PM. Discussion starts at 6:30  The topic for this month “Ethical Non-Monogamy”, presented by Kimberly Pennington, who will touch on the following topics: What makes non-monogamy ‘ethical' ? What are some advantages/disadvantages of monogamy/non-monogamy? What about Jealousy? The …

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