Start Time- 5:30pm
End Time- 7:00pm
02/20/2013 – Union 233: What is a Religion?
02/27/2013 – Union 233: TED Talk (members choose)
03/06/2013 – Union 233: Game Night
03/13/2013 – Union 233: Evolutionary Biology (Creationism Bill), public event?
03/27/2013 – Union 125: Movie Social
04/03/2013 – Union 125: Stigmas of Atheism
04/10/2013 – Union 125: Religion’s Influence on Education/Environment/Politics
04/17/2013 – Ward Edwards 3403: Valuing Differences in Religious Ideas
04/24/2013 – Union 233: Social Event
What is a Religion?
Corey Glasscock went over what religion is and what constitutes a religion.
Compared how Religions differ from secularism makes evaluation
Examined religious distribution both worldwide and in the United States
Start Time: 5:40 pm
End Time: 7:05 pm
- Our meeting Monday was a discussion involving on the origins of Judeo-Christian holidays as well as hero myths in the Mediterraneanand their similarity to Judeo-Christian claims. We put off electiondiscussions for now due to the lack of attendance among eligiblevoting members but I will try to keep everyone up to date on theelections for leadership positions for next year.
- In other news Brandon Christen will having a formal debate with wellknown preacher Brother Jed Smock this upcoming Monday (16th) at 4pm inthe Ozark Room, in the UCC dorm. The topic is “Can one be consistentlymoral without God?” Brandon will be arguing in the affirmative thatone can, indeed, be consistently moral. Brother Jed will be taking thenegative. A Facebook event can be found here(http://www.facebook.com/events/319720901429225/).
Next weeks topic for SSA is Major World Religions, I will keep you informed if anything changes.
- Our meeting tonight was a discussion by Megan McCarthy about Art & Religion. Megan talked about art and it’s relationship with events, patronage, and more throughout different religions. The talked mostly focused on Abrahamic Religions and how icons are depicted for worship and memory of religiously charged events throughout history.
- For our next meeting we are planning on discussing ideas for future meetings and events as well as upcoming elections for Executive Board positions (the elected positions are going to be President, Vice President, Treasure, Secretary and Events Coordinator). If you are interested in running for a position on the Executive Board have an idea by next week. Also in order to vote you need to be a paying member (10$ for a semester and 15$ for a school year).
- Brandon Christen announced that he was discussing on forming a local American Atheists group that is planning on meeting once a month. Brandon also announced that he will soon be having a debate on campus with Brother Jed about if it is rational to believe in the god of the Bible, I will try to provide updates as they are available.
I hope to see you all there!
SSA @ UCMO Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2012
Tonight’s meeting featured our second MU guest speaker, Dave Muscato. Dave Muscato is a 28-year-old musician, LGBTQ-, human- and animal-welfare activist, and junior at the University of Missouri studying economic anthropology and the evolution of morality using game theory. Dave is Vice President of University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics (SASHA), and a writer for the SASHA blog and the Humanist Community Project at Harvard University. He’s appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, and on NPR, ABC, and Howard Stern. His activism work was also featured in the book “Citizen Marketers” by Jackie Huba and Ben McConnell. Dave is a member of the American Anthropology Association and the Society for Economic Anthropology. Dave’s talk discussed Why Blasphemy Matters followed by a short Q&A. Those of us that were able to joined Dave for dinner after the meeting.
SSA @ UCMO Meeting Minutes for Feb 27, 2012
Tonight’s meeting featured a MU guest speaker: James Pflug. James is an evolutionary biologist, current entomology researcher at MU, and was the 2010-2011 President of MU SASHA. The focus of James’s presentation was Evolution for Adults and I think I can safely say all of us walked away with some new valuable information; at the very least, a new appreciation for fungi.
SSA @ UCMO Meeting Minutes for Feb 13, 2012
February 14, 2012 @ 8pm will be the first official meeting of the UCM Philosophy Club. Anyone interested in all things philosophical should stop by. Meeting is at the Ellis Ground Floor Lounge (big room with the TV). See John Lindquist or Emma Kostopolus for more information.
A group of people are planning on trying to get a carpool group up to MU SASHA’s meeting this week (Wednesday, Feb 15). If interested, please contact Brandon or Tara.
Brother Jed has agreed to participate in a debate with Brandon when he makes his next visit to UCM! More details once plans are officially made.
Tonight’s topic was Faith: Whether it is the Path to God or to Failure. Brandon began by giving a 20min lecture over some definitions of faith and then some examples of why he feels faith can be a bad thing. After his lecture, we had a group led Q&A where we discussed 5 questions:
1. Is faith good, evil, or neither?
2. What can be said of good people who are good ‘on faith’?
3. What is the most reliable form of epistemology?
4. What does it take to have a justified belief?
5. Should people be allowed to operate based on faith?
Overall, we had some great discussion with lots of back and forth debating on the subjects. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Start time: 5:30pm
End time: 8:45pm
Tonight was the Central Skeptics’s first social of the semester. While we weren’t able to have the Wii hooked up after all due to a lack of TV, we had a great evening of snacks, conversation, and the Game of Things!
(Sorry for the late post of minutes. By not posting right after the meeting like I usually do, I completely forgot that I did not have these done yet.)
Start Time: 5:40pm
End Time: 6:45pm
This week’s topic was Christianity Explained: A look at different sects of Christianity presented by Annie, Corey, and Brandon.
Annie began with discussion some different facts and statistics about the sect break down of Christianity along with other random and fun facts regarding different sects of Christianity and other religions in general (Like, for example, according to their break down,Mormonism is not considered to be a sect of Christianity). All her data was taken from a study from PEW Research Center.
Corey also used some research from PEW Research Center but focused more on the the differences between some of the core believes between Catholics and Protestants.
Brandon finished off the discussion by bringing in some of his personal experience of being a part of a very conservative fundamentalist church to show some of the mind sets created in such an environment (such as young, single men and women being seen as a limited resource that need to gettin’ before the gettin’s good).
Tara ended the meeting with a reminder about the upcoming conferences and signing up for ReasonRally. The final, official announcement of information will be next week (Feb 6) in regards to being reimbursed through the school. For the latest updates, please see the FB event page (Central Skeptics go to ReasonRally).
Following the meeting, a group of those who attended went over to the BSU for the Alpha meeting (which is exactly the same as last semesters: same program, same questions).
Start Time: 5:35pm
End Time: 6:15pm
Attendance: 15 (including one new attendee and one troll)
Annie opened up the meeting with introductions and hello to all our returning members and all our new attendees.
An announcement was made regarding the change of Treasurer from Tara to Jacob, making Tara only Secretary.
Brandon made announcements regarding ReasonRally (see event for details) and wanting to get together a group to carpool up to MUSASHA’s meetings every couple of weeks (see Brandon for details).
Tara followed by making a few announcements about other events/conferences occuring. Details found in the post on SSA and the event groups created.
Towards the end of the meeting, the troll revealed himself as a troll by informing us to look up some guy and listen to his stuff (without saying who he is or anything). A quick search on the smart phones revealed the guy to be a Christian apologetic. Given how quickly the guy left after telling us to look the guy up, I have a feeling we won’t see this troll again.