Saturday, January 23rd, 10:10 am.
Botts Hall, 423 Central NE (in front of Special Collections Library)
“Science versus Pseudoscience in A Fake News World”
Speaker: Ben Radford, Editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, a research fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the author of many books and articles related to science and pseudo science
Distinguishing science from pseudoscience, real news from rumor, and truth from falsehood are vitally important: A healthy democracy depends on an informed citizenry and officials guided by evidence-based policies and practices. But too often science is viewed with derision and suspicion, or co-opted by those with social or political agendas.
Join writer and science literacy educator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of scientific truth and evidence. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience in journalism—as both a producer and consumer— Radford examines not only the rise (and threat) of “fake news” but also how and why wellmeaning journalists often get the story wrong.
Benjamin Radford, M.Ed, is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, and a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a non-profit educational organization. He is author of thousands of articles for Discovery News, LiveScience.com, and other media, as well as eleven books on media and science literacy including Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists and Advertisers Mislead Us.
There will be time for audience Q&A.
Free and open to the public…as always!
Jan 26, 10am, Botts Hall
“Healthcare Challenges Facing Tribal Nations”
Speaker: Dr. Terrance W Sloan, Retired Chief of Staff of the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM
Dr Sloan will present various clinical cases to give us an understanding of health care for Native Americans and the challenges they face.
More details starting on the 2nd page of our newsletter.
(No speaker this month)
Nov 24, 10am, Botts Hall
“Beyond Reason and Empathy“
Speaker: Tor Matson
Tor will talk about the evolution of human culture and experience and includes some ideas about future forms, systems and possibilities starting from prehistory and leading to a sustainable, ethical and appropriate future culture by way of Spiral Dynamics, cognitive science, Permaculture, and an integral, wholesystem view.
About the Speaker:
Tor Matson is a systems thinker and aspiring systems builder, and his book “Why Everything Sucks And How To Fix It” will be finished eventually when the stars align, perhaps this solstice. He is currently looking for property for a sustainable village project somewhere in NM.
(No speaker this month)
General Membership meeting to install the Humanist Society Governing Board for 2019-2020 and discuss plans for the coming year.
Sep 22, 10am, Botts Hall
“Early Childhood Education Matters”
Speakers (3): Judith K.Lavender, M.Ed., Michelle Croasdell, PhD., and State Senator Mimi Stewart
In our quest to find practical, long-term solutions to the problems of poverty and crime in our community, we first looked at adult literacy and the local program, Reading Works (April 2018). This month, we look at early childhood programs that aim to prepare kids to succeed in school: What is New Mexico doing in this area? Is it working? If so, how well is it working? If not, what would it take to assure better results? And what can we citizens do to contribute to successful programs?
On September 22, a trio of distinguished professionals will share their experiences and insights in pre-K education. Judith K.Lavender, M.Ed., and Michelle Croasdell, PhD., Co-Community Outreach Coordinators of the New Mexico Association for Early Childhood Education (NMAEYC) work full time to advocate for early programs and for the professional development of people staffing these programs.
About the speakers:
Judith Lavender is a graduate of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Il. During her 40 years in the field, she has taught preschool and kindergarten, mentored teachers, started educational financial groups for women, started an early childhood and family center, and always promotes a child’s point of view.
Michelle Croasdell completed three degrees from UNM and has taught for the last 15 years in UNM’s Early Childhood program. She has worked as an Education Policy Analyst for the NM State Senate and currently works on a federal grant at the Pueblo of Laguna, consulting with Early Head Start, Head Start, and kindergarten teachers.
State Senator Mimi Stewart earned a BA in Sociology and History from Boston University and an MS in Education from Wheelock College. She is a retired public school teacher with expertise in teaching reading. She has served in the Legislature for 24 years. In her work with the Legislative Education Study Committee, she is developing a plan to coordinate the best practices from several incomplete plans into a comprehensive pathway to improve the entire scope of public education in New Mexico. She recommends that we read a report titled “No Time to Lose,” available at the National Conference of State Legislatures website, NCSL.org, and will have copies available at the presentation. If there are ways we can help her promote quality education in New Mexico, she is sure to let us know!
(No speaker this month)
“Humans and the Universe: A Survey of Astronomy from the Ancient Greeks to Neutron Stars and Supermassive Black Holes”
Speaker: Allen Robnett, Member of HSNM
“Recap of AEU’s 103rd Assembly”
Speaker: Randy Wall, President of HSNM
“Writing Is a Way of Thinking”
Speaker: Zelda Leah Gatuskin
Literacy: A First Step Out of Poverty and Crime
Speaker: Margaret Barker, Founder of Reading Works
Esperanto: A Language for Humanity
Esperanto has thrived by building an international bridge culture on a humanist foundation.
What is Esperanto? You may have heard a variety of guesses. A language created 130 years ago to promote peace and intercultural communication? A Utopian experiment doomed to failure? A fun way to meet like-minded people? A thriving international community of dilettantes and dreamers? Part of the International Jewish Conspiracy? A unique example of hybrid linguistic evolution? An abomination, which goes against God’s will? An effective communications tool? A code without culture? A curious example of a self-sustaining international community inspired and spread by people embracing humanist ideas?
Brainstorming on HSNM
Join us to suggest and help plan social activities (picnics, ice-cream socials, pot-lucks, etc.), monthly speakers and new project ideas as well as planning for celebrations of interest to Humanists such as International Women’s Day (3/8/2018), National Day of Reason (5/3/2018) and Darwin Day (2/12/2019).
Where Did Classical Music Come From and Where Is It Going?
Speaker: Richard Grady, former music professor, trumpet player and HSNM member
(No speaker this month)
Basic Income for a Happier Society
Speaker: David Stelle, HSNM Member
More info (sorted alphabetically):
Basic income (Wikipedia)
Basic income around the world (Wikipedia)
Basic Income Earth Network
Basic Income for the US (by AdamAnimates)
Canada Has Unveiled the Details of Its Highly Anticipated UBI Program
A Canadian Province Just Passed a Resolution for Universal Basic Income
CEO Argues Universal Basic Income Is Necessary for Social Stability
Duty to Work, The
End our cultural obsession with work (by Big Think)
Even Children Receive Money in This Startup’s UBI Program [Germany]
Experts Say a Universal Basic Income Would Boost US Economy by Staggering $2.5 Trillion
Finland Has Finally Launched Its Universal Basic Income Experiment
Finland’s Universal Basic Income Program Is Already Reducing Stress for Recipients
Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government
Gates Foundation – Development Policy and Finance – Strategy Overview
GiveDirectly (Basic Income description) [Kenya]
H Philes, The – (David’s blog on Humans & Happiness)
Hawaii Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income
Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly Motion #83, Universal Basic Income
Scotland Will Begin Funding Universal Basic Income Experiments
UBI – Pilot Programs
UBI – Renaissance for 500-Year Old Idea
UBI – The Answer to Automation?
A Village in Kenya is quietly disproving the biggest myth about basic income
World’s Largest Democratic Country to Endorse Universal Basic Income [India]