Weekly Update

  • Discussion this Thursday at 7pm in the MU Gold Room.
    • Topic of discussion: Are science and religion compatible? Can one hold a religious worldview and a scientific worldview consistently? Are faith and reason both ways to knowledge?
    • Zach, our Discussion Chair, has some suggested reading and videos to help get us thinking: 1) an accomodationist argument from Ken Miller, 2) an anti-accomodationist rant by Sean Carroll of the Cosmic Variance blog, 3) a 3 minute video by Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education, and 4) a 3 minute video of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    • At the Thursday meeting, we’ll also briefly discuss the Superstition Bash.
  • Ask an Atheist Booth this Friday 11am to 1pm in the Free Speech Area. Rain location is in the covered walkway by the library facing the Free Speech Area.
  • Some major events are coming up. Details and RSVP at this spreadsheet, indicate if you can drive or need a ride, and add comments as needed.
    • Darwin 2009 Conference: series of talks celebrating the 150th Anniversary of On the Origin of Species.
      • Oct 29-31 in Chicago, RSVP by Oct 16 so we can get rooms reserved and make plans on when we’ll leave Ames.
      • Talks start at 6:30pm on Friday, it takes about 6 hours to get to Chicago.
      • Registration for students is $20.00, and includes 2 lunches and the reception.
    • Reggie’s Sleepout: an event to raise funds for homeless youths in Des Moines.
      • Oct 24 in Des Moines, RSVP by Oct 19 so we can arrange carpools and collect boxes.
      • This will be our Secular Service Day event.
      • Whether you can or can not attend, help us collect boxes (particularly big sturdy ones) for the Boxed In Design Contest and solicit donations for our team. Contact Andrew for where our boxes are being stored.
      • Sleeping bags and tents are not necessary, but are allowed. You can rent equipment for cheap through Rec Services.
      • For registration questions, contact Andrew or Anastasia. When you register, sign up for the team “ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society“.
    • Living History Farms Run: a 7 mile cross country “fun run” to benefit Living History Farms.
      • 9am on Nov 21 in Des Moines, RSVP by Oct 21 so we can get spots (there is a 7,500 max # of runners).
      • We need to decide on a team name – and then all enter our team name exactly the same on the registration form. Teams are recognized for their costumes at the start of the race. IAF and IS will be invited to participate with us. Vote on a team name and costumes on the spreadsheet.
      • The course takes you through farms, past barns, across streams, etc. You will get dirty and wet, you will have a blast.
      • The entry fee is $30 if you register online before Nov 4 at noon. You get a shirt and a runner’s goodie bag.
      • On race day, we’ll meet in the Orange lot at 6:30 so we can be there no later than 7:45. The parking lots around the race start get very crowded after 8am. Post a comment if you need a ride from your house rather than from the Orange lot.
  • For those of you who are following the story of Ray Comfort’s edited version of On the Origin of Species, see the Secular Student Alliance for a nice overview of what’s happening.

One comment on “Weekly Update

  1. I want 2 know when & where there R agnostic meetings in Chicago.

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