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The Humanist Community of Central Ohio
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A community of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other freethinkers in Columbus, OH
A community of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other freethinkers in Columbus, OH

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Hello Everybody,

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources at this time to maintain a Google+ presence in the way that we used to.  If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our website (linked below) or join us on Meetup at meetup.com/humanistohio.  Those two venues are up to date on current events going on in the local Humanist community, and we would love to see you come out sometime!

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The Humanist Community was honored to host Leo Igwe on July 16th, as part of his US speaking tour.

Leo Igwe is a humanist, skeptic, and human rights advocate from Nigeria. He has specialized in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of witchcraft accusations in Africa, where up to 55% of the population believes in witchcraft, often with horrifying results.

In 2012, Mr. Igwe was appointed as a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he continues working toward the goal of responding to what he sees as the deleterious effects of superstition, advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. In 2014, Mr. Igwe was chosen as a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

Here is a video of his talk at the event:

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This past week, one of America’s most famous haters Fred Phelps died, but injustice, cruelty, and unreasonableness did not die with him. Many people support things Phelps said but don’t say those things while standing in the streets with signs. Rather than standing with signs like Phelps, there are people with cruel and unreasonable ideas in public office and running for office.

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Looking for evidence-based ways to improve your memory? 
Join us for Thinking Memorably: Memory Hacks and the Language of System 1 with Brienne Strohl

Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-4pm. Registration is $10 for HCCO members and includes lunch!

More info at the link included here

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Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss will be screening their new film, The Unbelievers, at the Mershon Auditorium on Monday, 4/7/14, at 7pm.

The Unbelievers follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world—encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.

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The March Humanist program focused on the Humanist principle of democracy. Those participating shared their concerns about how our democracy functions and concerns about protecting minority rights in a political system.

#democracy #corporatism  

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Creationists are infamous for weaving straw man arguments reaped from the wide fields of ignorance and sometimes burning deceit.

We all know what Darwin's Theory of Evolution is, don't we? And yet, even those of us who have read and studied Darwin often make mistakes and describe things incorrectly.

"Evolving Misconceptions" is a talk (with handout) about how to present ourselves in explaining the Theory of Evolution and how to arm ourselves against the mistakes.
"Evolving Misconceptions" was presented by James Stewart, an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Columbus State Community College and a former board member of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio at our February 2014 Monthly Meeting.

HCCO's Monthly Meeting is usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month.


#evolution   #science  

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How can we figure out, set, and achieve our goals? A recent workshop at a HCCO sponsored Rationality meeting, led by Gleb Tsipursky, provided some effective strategies for doing so. This post provides a brief summary of the talk with some useful links for additional information and a link to the video of the workshop.

#rationality #humanism  

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"First seen on March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway, and with striking scenes and some humor, lesbian atheist Lorraine Hansberry brings to life many challenges of concern to Humanists."

2nd Dispatch story today where HCCO was mentioned:

"In return, Tsipursky said, his congregation has promised to commit more time, effort and people to BREAD’s causes. A next step will be to ask for more involvement from secular groups outside the Unitarian Universalist church, such as the Humanist Community of Central Ohio."

#interfaith #humanism  
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