Monday, April 24, 2017


In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book The Bell Curve, the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.”
“Charles Murray is a political scientist and author. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein), sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, and In Our Hands. His 2012 book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 22 March for Science!

How are you celebrating science this weekend?  How do you think we should celebrate?

Monday, April 17, 2017


Is being empathetic and rational mutually exclusive? 


For once, an optimistic worldview is the one sparking controversy. Paul Bloom thinks humans are not prisoners to their emotions, but have great capacity for rationality and reason. This makes him an anomaly among his fellow psychologists, and philosophers and neuroscientists, who often argue that we’re fundamentally and profoundly irrational. Paul Bloom is the author of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. This video is part of a collaborative series with the Hope & Optimism initiative, which supports interdisciplinary academic research into significant questions that remain under-explored. The three-year initiative will provide over $2 million for philosophers, philosophers of religion, and social scientists to generate original, high-quality, collaborative research on topics related to optimism and hopefulness. Discover the public components of the Hope & Optimism project, and how you can contribute, at”

Click here to listen to Yale Psychologist, Paul Bloom. 

Let us know what you think!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Humanist Meeting April 19, 2017

We have a treat in store for you at our monthly meeting this Wednesday the 19th of April. Dr. Ken Sassaman Archeologist at the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida will be presenting 

Futures of the Ancients: How Dwellers of the Gulf Coast Brought the Sun to Earth to Divine Change.

From about 5,000-3,200 years ago, communities for the Gulf Coast frequently relocated their cemeteries and settlements landward as the sea rose with warming climate. The rate and magnitude of sea level rise was never predictable, but frequent and severe enough to warrant future planning. To lessen the impacts of the unpredictable, Gulf coastal communities referenced solar cycles in their emplacement of cemeteries, settlements, and eventually caches of soapstone vessels at the same time of site abandonment. This solar grid, of Futurescape not only softened the impact of intermittent change, it not only resulted in the integration of communities from Florida to Louisiana. At 3,200 years ago, the long-term trend of warming climate reversed, causing the sea to regress and with if region-wide cultural change.

We hope you will join us for this enlightening topic delivered by a knowledgeable and gifted professional. Those of you who enjoyed his previous presentation last year will be eager to see him again, and we hope to see some new faces!

As a reminder, we meet monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, located on NW 34th Street in Gainesville on the third Wednesday. The meetings start at about 6:30 as the coffee brews and we begin socializing with the snacks and beverages that our members and visitors bring. At 7:00 the meeting starts. We are expecting a good attendance for this meeting, so we’ll put out extra chairs for you and your friends.  See you there!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cultural and Societal Effects

A different Perspective
What shapes families and communities by the experience of war – not on the video screen, but in real life. It’s not a game.

Imagine the generations of kids who have known nothing but death and war in their childhood. What’s to become of them? How many generations bear this darkness before they heal? Does that legacy skip generations? Could this be a part of Epi-genetics?  

Click here for the Definition of Epigenetics

Monday, April 3, 2017

Please Respect My Religion

We don’t often like to associate ourselves with any religion, for obvious reasons – one being the non belief in a God.  But here is a different perspective for you to take in and comment on.

Please click on Please Respect My Religion

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Maybe it’s time to start a conversation..!


“…it’s time to start having conversations about how alternative means aren’t a choice for those who come from poverty. We must acknowledge what it means to make space for people who actually need free food or things out of dumpsters, who participate in capitalism because they’ve got a kid at home and they are the only provider. Additionally, we need to shed light on the fact that many people who grew up wanting for more space and access to foods that weren’t available to them don’t understand the glossy pamphlets offering a simpler life.
Because, let me tell you, there is nothing simple about being poor.”

Click Here

Do you agree that poverty is not so much about having less but feeling less? Do you know what it’s like to be poor and have seen ‘poor’. I think we need to correct the perceptions we have created about poverty. It’s not ‘us’ and ‘them’ – it’s all of us. We are ONE! And then there is this! Is it exploitation or survival?

Poverty Tourism (click here)