Announcing the February Public Meeting of Minnesota Atheists
Is Human Activity Changing Animal Brains? By Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood. How have the brains of some animals adapted to the changes that humans have made to the environment, from the complexity of urban cities to deforestation and farming in rural areas? In honor Charles Darwin’s birth month, we are pleased to have Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood speak on behavioral responses of animals to rapid environmental change. Why can some species adjust their behavior to deal with anthropogenic environments, while others can not? How might humans shape the brain development and evolution in wild animals?
The so-called “War on Christmas” began a few years ago when Bill O’Reilly of Fox News complained that some retail stores were instructing their employees to greet customers with “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas.” The perception of victimhood and persecution by Christians, some of whom insist that America should be declared a “Christian nation,” has been for atheists a topic of amusement ever since, even though a couple of years ago O’Reilly declared victory in the war.Rather than cultural insurrection, it seems to me that one’s choice of seasonal greeting is a simple question of courtesy.
Many of you know we're very active on Twitter, @mnatheists, but did you know we've started an instagram account? We've put a lot of work into making our account unique and interesting. It's not just another stream of atheist memes, instead, you'll see a lot of local photography and original commentary on all kinds of topics relating to atheism. Check it out, we're pretty sure you'll like it. When you are there why not go back and check out some of our earliest posts. Give us a few likes if you enjoy what you see.You can find our account at @minnesotaatheists or just search for "Minnesota Atheists" and it'll come right up.
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Just over a month ago, the world changed drastically for a lot of us. Or at least, the way we were able to think about it changed. For people of color, for immigrants, for people who can get pregnant, for LGBTQ people, a Trump administration will look very, very different than a Clinton administration. Coming to grips with that isn't easy. Many of us aren't entirely there yet.
Greta Christina, author of several books including Why Are You Atheists So Angry?, Coming Out Atheist, and most recently, The Way of the Heathen, spoke at Skepticon last month about this new world in which we find ourselves. We invited her to join us this Sunday to continue the conversation.
Thanks to everyone who participated in yet another successful Walk to End Hunger event. We raised $680! Our group was one of the largest for The Food Group and we helped them reach their goal of 100 walkers which earned them a $2,500 match from No Name Meats!
One in five families face hunger or food insecurity in Minnesota. Join your freethinking friends and Minnesota Atheists on Thanksgiving morning to help build awareness and raise money for hunger relief programs in the Twin Cities.
The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations in the metro area. The event kickoff is at 7:30am and ends whenever you want to leave (up to 10am) so you'll have plenty of time left in the day to feast and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family. We had a great time last year and it felt like being with family!