David Niose, the recently elected president of the American Humanist Association, gave the feature presentation of the November 15 meeting at the Ridgedale Library. Niose argued that John Dewey’s writings in the early twentieth Century were an important advance for American humanism, and are largely overlooked today. The lively discussion that followed showed that many in the audience were already familiar with Dewey’s writings. Niose’s appearance drew a large turnout from members of the Humanists of Minnesota.
Read more: The November MNA Meeting
Nominations for the Minnesota Atheists board of directors will occur at the January 17, 2010 meeting at the Ridgedale Public Library and elections will be held at the February 2010 meeting. Nominations will open and close at the January 17 meeting. We will publish and mail candidates' statements prior to the February meeting elections.
Read more: Call for Nominees to the Minnesota Atheists Board of Directors
The Minnesota State Capitol can seem like a very intimidating place. And yet the legislators there are elected to represent us and they welcome our input.
What's the best way to contact our representatives? How do we set up a
meeting? How can we find out about upcoming legislation? How do we know
what legislative bills have been introduced and when they might get a
public hearing? How does one sign up to testify at committee hearings?
What bills might be introduced in the upcoming legislative session? How
can an average person (or, in the case of a Minnesota Atheists member,
an above average person) make a difference?
Read more: January Meeting: "How to Lobby Your State Legislator"
Atheist member Lois Schadewald is featured in the latest episode of
Skepticality, the podcast of Micheal Shermer's Skeptic Magazine. Lois
is talking about "Worlds of Their Own: A Brief History of Misguided
Ideas; Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky
Affair", a book written by her brother, Robert J. Schadewald.
Robert, the former president of the National Center for Science
Education died of cancer in 2000.
to the podcast at http://www.skepticality.com/
Link to the book description at Amazon.com
By Bob Schmitz
The business section of the October 24th Pioneer Press contained an article headlined "Regulators close 2 Otsego bank sites." Bank regulators closed two branches of Riverview Community Bank of Ostego after the banks were deemed to be critically under-capitalized.
Read more: A Bank with no Prophets?