Fun Myths about Evolution Explored

Sehoya CotnerIn honor of Charles Darwin's birth month, our February speaker will be Sehoya Cotner, who will discuss "Fun Myths About Evolution Explored." 

Evolution is among the most contentious topics in our society, in part due to key misconceptions about the theory. Some of these are iconic (humans evolved from chimpanzees, survival of the fittest), some more esoteric (evolution is a belief system, Darwin discovered evolution, evolution is a random process). We'll discuss evolution itself, some key misconceptions, and potential negative consequences of falling victim to evolutionary myths.

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2014 All-Star Conference & Atheist Baseball in St. Paul

mna conf 2014 small2014 Atheist Game and All Star Conference (July 11-12, 2014)

Friday, July 11 - St. Paul Saints are secularized to the Mr. Paul Aints for the third year in a row! It’s called the Night of Unbelievable Fun: The 3rd Strike sponsored by MN Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation. Game time is 7pm at Midway Stadium. Tailgating begins at 4pm in the parking lot!

Saturday, July 12All-Star Conference presented by MN Atheists and Humanists of MN
Starring: Susan Jacoby, PZ Myers, Rebecca Watson, James Croft, and more!
RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN

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atheist game logo1While Minneapolis gets ready for the MLB All-Star game at Target Field, atheists will be secularizing the neighboring city of St. Paul starting with the city's minor league baseball team at Midway Stadium. For the third year in a row the St. Paul Saints will become the Mr. Paul Aints. There will again be atheist-themed entertainment and player-worn Mr. Paul Aints jerseys which will be auctioned during the game. The winless Aints will be going for their first ever win against the Kansas City T-Bones. Game time is 7pm on Friday, July 11. Tailgating begins at 4pm in the parking lot. Tickets available soon!

Stick around the secularized city of St. Mr. Paul on Saturday, July 12 because the All-Star Conference, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists and Humanists of Minnesota, will be held at the RiverCentre on the west end of downtown.

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Confirmed speakers on a growing list includes: 

2014susanSusan Jacoby - Best-selling author, scholar, and former Washington Post reporter. Her work has explored law, religion, medicine, aging, women's rights, and political dissent. Her most recent book about Robert Ingersoll was made available in paperback in February.

 

2014rebeccaRebecca Watson - Skeptical female activist and founder of the Skepchick blog. She is a popular speaker around the world on topics about atheism, feminism, skepticism, and science.

 

2014pzPZ Myers - Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota in Morris. He is the author of the world-famous science-atheist blog Pharyngula, which can be found on Freethought Blogs and Science Blogs. His recently published book is titled The Happy Atheist.

 

2014 jamesJames Croft - Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard. He is a Cambridge and Harvard Graduate, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education.

 

debbie goddard2Debbie Goddard - Director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism, and the director of Outreach at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, NY. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism. 

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The list of workshop presenters will be up soon! The conference will also feature a silent auction, meals, autographs, books, networking, and more!

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2012 Solstice Celebration

Solstice.2012Ninety-five people attended the 13th annual winter solstice celebration held by Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota on December 16th. For the first time, the event was held at Jimmy’s Event Center in Vadnais Heights. After a banquet dinner, the Freethought Band led off the entertainment, joined by singer Tracie Hodgdon. George Kane and Laura Hutt presented a comic dialogue as George Burns and Gracie Allen.

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Report from the Christmas Battlefield

By Eric Jayne

mna holiday bagA couple battles that took place during last year’s War on Christmas happened in St. Paul. The first one came the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Family Place shelter. Fourteen atheists cooked up sloppy joes, beans, and homemade cookies for about 25 shelter guests. In addition to the kitchen cooking and cleaning, we also sanitized toys in the children’s play area, cleaned some of the common areas, and wiped down additional dining tables and chairs. This was immediately followed up with social time and drinks at a nearby spot in Lowertown.

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