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Orange County Groups & Meetings

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Feed Your Brain Lectures in Costa Mesa:
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OC Skeptics Supper Club

CFI Community of Orange County

The Fullerton Atheists and Agnostics

Students for Science and Skepticism



Orange County Feed Your Brain Lectures are held at the Costa Mesa Community Center at 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa. map




David Richards

Skepticism 101: Things Every Rational Person Should Know

Sunday, January 19
4:30 p.m.


     Most talks at CFI cover one topic in a fair amount of detail. This one will be the opposite, giving a brief overview of several subjects that the average person may not know but with which any skeptic should be familiar. David Richards, a member of CFI’s Independent Investigations Group, will begin with a review of the scientific method, then cover current understandings and explanations for phenomena such as UFOs and aliens, psychics and ESP, ghosts and hauntings, dowsing and divination, cryptids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness monster, etc.), and similar paranormal subjects. The talk will be geared toward people fairly new to skepticism but also will serve as a refresher for those that have been involved in the movement for some time.

     Richards has been investigating paranormal claims for over a decade and has spoken at past CFI “Feed Your Brain” lectures as well as James Randi's The Amaz!ng Meeting, the Orange County Freethought Conference, and multiple Mensa gatherings.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Special Presentation for Darwin Day

Cameron Smith


The Evolution rEvolution

Sunday, February 16
4:30 p.m.

     Three decades of intensive genetic and genomic study have essentially rewritten our understanding of evolutionary process - on all scales from molecules to ecosystems. A New Evolutionary Synthesis is emerging, yielding a far subtler understanding of evolutionary dynamics, from DNA repair to speciation. In his talk, Dr. Cameron Smith, a prehistorian at Portland State University, will review the main facets of the New Evolutionary Synthesis, using plenty of jaw-dropping examples of just how evolution works.

     Dr. Smith's work focuses on human evolution - past, present and future. He began his study of anthropology with the Leakey research team in northern Kenya and has conducted archaeological fieldwork worldwide. He has been published widlet in peer-reviewed technical journals, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Structure and Dynamics, Physics of Life Reviews, Oxford's British Archaeological Reports, the Journal of Field Archaeology and International Monographs in Prehistory. Dr. Smith also has written for the general public in many magazines, including Scientific American, OMNI, Scientific American MIND, Archaeology, and Spaceflight.

Dr. Smith is also author of several books on evolution endorsed by the American Library Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Center for Science Education, including The Top Ten Myths about Evolution and The Fact of Evolution. He also has appeared on PBS, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and on many radio shows including Bob Edwards' Weekend, Michio Kaku's Science Fantastic, and Scientific American podcasts.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Jeffrey Masson

Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us about the Origins of Good and Evil

Sunday, March 16
4:30 p.m.

     Humans are a uniquley violent species, by far the most violent animal on the planet. They are the supreme predator on land; in the ocean, it's the orca, and then there are other top predators such as wolves, bears, and the big cats. While humans kill other animals on a gigantic scale, animals rarely kill humans. Our species kills over 100,000,000 sharks and more than a million crocodiles every year, but there are only a few human deaths, mostly by accident. And no orca has ever killed a human in the wild.

     So what happened to us? How did we get to be this uniquely violent species? Author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an honorary research associate in the department of philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, will answer those questions as he discusses his new book, Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil. Animals rarely kill their own, bit just in the 20th century alone humans have slaughtered more than 200 million of their own kind. For almost their entire existence, humans were just like other top predators; they were not apart from the natural order. Then, about 10,000 years ago, something happened. We started on a path that led us to become the violent, cruel, and destructive species we are today. This was a departure from our essential nature.

     Masson, an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, is the author of numerous bestselling, critically acclaimed books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie about Love and When Elephants Weep.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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OC Skeptics Supper Club
Alternating third Wednesdays and Thursdays of the month
at 7:30 p.m.

For the next meeting date, see calendar of events here or on the right hand column of this page.

Freethinkers, skeptics, humanists, atheists, agnostics, pagans, and all other non-believers and inquiring minds are once again meeting for dinner and social discourse!

Marie Callender's
18889 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 map
(714) 963-6791 

(Near the intersection of Brookhurst and Garfield Ave)

The time will be 7:30 to approx 9pm.
When you arrive, ask for OC Freethinkers and Skeptics

We have a nice private dining area all to ourselves!

For meeting locations, and to get monthly emails with locations and other details, please contact Dave Richards at: david[at]iigwest.com.

OC Skeptics Supper Club now has a Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=335851481971.

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CFI Community of Orange County
For information, email Jennifer Koontz at jenniekoontz[at]hotmail.com.


The Fullerton Atheists and Agnostics
A chapter of the Campus Freethought Alliance. Please contact Fullerton Atheists and Agnostics president Brandon Johns at fullertonskeptics[at]shoutmail.com, or phone (909) 924-1885 for more info.


Students for Science and Skepticism
at University of California, Irvine http://spirit.dos.uci.edu/sss.
Fax and voice mail: 1-206-201-8828.


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