Muddy Waters Freethought Society

MWFS, a non-profit org., advances science and secular government. We're on MEETUP @ https://www.meetup.com/secularhumanism-18/ and at www.letsthinkfree.org.

We invite speakers, host webinars, discuss ideas in our weekly bookclub, and hang out! The views and opinions expressed on our page do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Muddy Waters Freethought (MWF). We strive to post information from reputable scientific sources or direct sources. Many items posted are meant to provide reputable oppositional arguments to promote free

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Why I am now a Christian 11/13/2023

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a popular atheist advocate) becomes a Christian. She cites the degradation of civilization by many people filling the God-void with new age religious concoctions, wokeness, fear of Islamism (she is a former Muslim), virtue signalling, and so forth as part of her justification for converting to Christianity.

Why I am now a Christian Atheism can't equip us for civilisational war

Shelby County Election Commission, TN 08/30/2023

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Election Day: 05 Oct 2023

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Shelby County Election Commission, TN What a wild ride the last few months have been! On March 16, we conducted the first election in Shelby County history with only one candidate on the ballot, Justin Pearson.

Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide—And Exposed the Limits of Liberalism 08/30/2023

Interesting article on multiple fronts; it’s a great topic for debate, and also a great example of how even a great thinker can let all sorts of logical errors enter into his argument.

Finally, yet another example of religious convictions masquerading as logical argument.

If this article had been written by a liberal, it would have been “we need supports in place to help people want to live”. The conservative view was “we need guardrails in place so it is difficult to end one’s suffering.”

Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide—And Exposed the Limits of Liberalism What happens when a society takes individualism to its logical conclusion?

07/04/2023

Elections for a positions in MWFS are this Sunday July 9! Please update your membership if you wish to participate.

05/31/2023

Hello MWFSers, it’s once again nearing election time. If you plan on participating in the election or running for available positions, please assure your annual membership is up to date!

Please direct message this page or LC Kent if you’re interest in any position.

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads to One Side? 05/12/2023

The Muddy Waters book club is reading An Immense World by Ed Yong. This article continues the topic of interesting animal abilities.

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads to One Side? The endearing behavior is well-known, but few researchers have investigated the reasons why dogs tilt their heads. A recent study offers some clues.

03/20/2023

"Our schools are for education, not indoctrination." FFRF surprisingly agrees with Gov. DeSantis on this point, but it ends there. DeSantis continues to push for book censorship in school, and insisting that rights come from God- Not We the People.
https://ffrf.us/3yIClem

02/17/2023

When people say “everything happens for a reason” I roll my eyes thinking that they mean that the event in question will have some future good driven by an unseen puppet master.
But looking at it differently, I agree with them. If by “reason” we mean “cause”; then everything does happen for a reason. Sometimes the reason is a consequence and sometimes the reason is randomness.

- Sid J.

A National Network for Nonreligious Students 01/24/2023

If you are a student at the University of Memphis or know U of M students who wish to join the Secular Student Alliance chapter at the University of Memphis, please reach out to us. We want to rekindle the SSA's presence at the University of Memphis.

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only national organization dedicated to atheist, humanist, and other non-theist students. The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

More information about the Secular Student Alliance can be found at https://secularstudents.org

A National Network for Nonreligious Students The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. Donate Today Join Our Newsletter 237 student organizations 6,468 secular programs at schools 345,506 students impacte...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Know Your Rights. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 01/15/2023

Secular Students Alliance / Know Your Rights

Sometimes we might forget that protections for religious freedom include protection of non-religion. The First Amendment protects your right to hold and express your own beliefs, or lack thereof, as well as the right to not be pressured or coerced into participating in religious activities. Additionally, you have the right to be free from discrimination based on your secular identity. Liz Cavell from Freedom From Religion Foundation will lay out your rights as a secular student and what to do when your school or community don't respect them.

Liz Cavell is a staff attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Jan 25, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vntgLZRPSrm8gaxR137Wkw

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Know Your Rights. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Sometimes we might forget that protections for religious freedom include protection of non-religion. The First Amendment protects your right to hold and express your own beliefs, or lack thereof, as well as the right to not be pressured or coerced into participating in religious activities. Addition...

01/12/2023

This quotes makes me realize that the current Evangelical bent toward Fascism is not so unsurprising . . .

“The Jews first invented the notion that only one religion could be true, but they had no wish to convert all the world to it, and therefore only persecuted other Jews. The Christians, retaining the Judaic belief in a special revelation, added to it the Roman desire for worldwide dominion and the Greek taste for metaphysical subtleties. The combination pro- duced the most fiercely persecuting religion that the world has yet known. In Japan and China, Buddhism was peaceably accepted and allowed to exist along with Shinto and Confucian- ism; in the Mohammedan world, Christians and Jews were not molested so long as they paid the tribute; but throughout Christendom death was the usual penalty for even the smallest deviation from orthodoxy.”

- Bertrand Russell

An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism 01/12/2023

An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism by Paul Golin, Executive Director
Society for Humanistic Judaism.

As per Wikipedia, "Humanistic Judaism (Hebrew: יהדות הומניסטית Yahadut Humanistit) is a Jewish movement that offers a nontheistic alternative to contemporary branches of Judaism. It defines Judaism as the cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people rather than a religion,[1] and encourages Jews who are humanistic and secular to celebrate their identity by participating in relevant holidays and rites of passage (such as weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs) with inspirational ceremonies that go beyond traditional literature while still drawing upon it."

An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism by Paul Golin, Executive DirectorSociety for Humanistic Judaism.As per Wikipedia, "Humanistic Judaism (Hebrew: יהדות הו...

An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism, Tue, Jan 10, 2023, 7:00 PM | Meetup 01/05/2023

Hi everyone. Please attend the upcoming monthly speaker Meetup, https://www.meetup.com/secularhumanism-18/events/290591863/.

It's on the topic of Humanistic Judaism and will be presented by Paul Golin, Executive Director
Society for Humanistic Judaism.

As per Wikipedia, "Humanistic Judaism (Hebrew: יהדות הומניסטית Yahadut Humanistit) is a Jewish movement that offers a nontheistic alternative to contemporary branches of Judaism. It defines Judaism as the cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people rather than a religion,[1] and encourages Jews who are humanistic and secular to celebrate their identity by participating in relevant holidays and rites of passage (such as weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs) with inspirational ceremonies that go beyond traditional literature while still drawing upon it."

An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism, Tue, Jan 10, 2023, 7:00 PM | Meetup An Introduction to Humanistic Judaism by Paul Golin, Executive Director Society for Humanistic Judaism. As per Wikipedia, "**Humanistic Judaism** ([Hebrew](https://en.wiki

12/24/2022

Book Club Members:

It is that time, again. Please, give other book club members one book recommendation for our vote.

So far, members want the following on the vote list:

1) "The Craft of Intelligence" by Allen W. Dulles

2) "Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization" by Neil deGrasse Tyson

3) "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins

4) “Capitalism & Freedom” by Milton Friedman

5) "From Third World to First - The Singapore Story: 1965 - 2000" by Lee Kwan Yew

6) "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams

7) "In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays" by Bertand Russell

Once we have the complete list of recommendations from the MWFS Book Club members, we will vote on them.

Capital District Humanist Society 11/10/2022

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, 1 PM the Capital District Humanist Society Presents: An Analysis of Election Results

With the extreme polarization, both political and cultural, taking place in the United States a lot hinges on our elections. For keen insight into the results of the November 8th mid-term elections, and what they might mean for the future, join us for a most insightful look at the results.

Rosemary Armao is an adjunct professor of journalism at SUNY Albany, and RPI. She is also a public affairs commenter on WAMC in Albany, and an editor for the online news service WhoWhatWhy. She is a former editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project and has worked on media development and training in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and north and eastern Africa. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium and of Investigative Reporters & Editors in the U.S. She teaches writing, reporting, investigative techniques, disinformation and the media, and ethics.

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, November 13th, 2022 at 1 PM. Current paid CDHS members will receive an invite to the meeting via e mail.

ANY ONE WHO IS NOT A CURRENT PAID MEMBER of CDHS CAN ATTEND. Send an e mail request to: [email protected], several days prior, or log onto our Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Capital-District-Humanist-Society/. Click on Join, then on Attend, and use the RSVP function and the link will be available to you.

To learn more about us please go to: www.humanistsociety.net

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism. CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

Capital District Humanist Society Capital District Humanist Society serves humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, infidels, unbelievers, freethinkers, rationalists, materialists, secularists, secular humanists, non-theists, naturalists, non-believers and all nonreligious people who believe in living an ethical life without god, a...

Lokayata/Carvaka – Indian Materialism | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 11/01/2022

Hinduism has many schools of thought and philosophy. Carvaka, also known as Lokayata, is a philosophical school of thought in Hinduism that rejects supernatural beings and life including the existence of gods and goddesses, an immaterial soul, and the after-life. It views metaphysics through the lens of a scientific and naturalistic approach. This school rejects systems that derive ethics grounded in supernatural cosmologies and beliefs. It is believed that the Lokayata school became formalized during the 6th and 7th C.E. and possibly began before 7th century B.C.E.

References
Lokayata/Carvaka – Indian Materialism | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (n.d.). Abigail Turner-Lauck Wernicki. Retrieved October 31, 2022, from https://iep.utm.edu/indmat/

Lokayata/Carvaka – Indian Materialism | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Lokayata/Carvaka—Indian Materialism In its most generic sense, “Indian Materialism” refers to the school of thought within Indian philosophy that rejects supernaturalism. It is regarded as the most radical of the Indian philosophical systems. It rejects the existence of other worldly entities ...

10/29/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Theistnormativity: Developing Language for the Marginalization of Atheists. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 10/25/2022

Theistnormativity: Developing Language for the Marginalization of Atheists

Nov 1, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

In the United States, theistic language is regularly incorporated into political discourses and rituals. The national motto "In God We Trust" and the phrase "under God" in the pledge are key examples of this language. Such language encourages the public to view themselves as a theistic collective and nontheists as outsiders with polls regularly showing that people associate belief in God with Americanism. Nontheists are regularly pressured to perform theism and hide their atheistic beliefs and identities. So much so that, for many nontheists, such behavior is considered "normal." This points to the way that theistnormativity is ingrained in U.S. culture. Recognizing and bringing attention to the pervasiveness of theistnormativity and its relationship to the equally prevalent Christonormativity is an important step in helping to explain the atheist experience in the United States and address the growing threat of Christian nationalism.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-EdqnJ6KQnCSCyBZdKSL1w

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Theistnormativity: Developing Language for the Marginalization of Atheists. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. In the United States, theistic language is regularly incorporated into political discourses and rituals. The national motto "In God We Trust" and the phrase "under God" in the pledge are key examples of this language. Such language encourages the public to view themselves as a theistic collective an...

Personhood & Abortion Rights: How Science Might Inform this Contentious Issue 10/25/2022

Interesting “third way” perspective:

Personhood & Abortion Rights: How Science Might Inform this Contentious Issue Although it’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, abortion continues to be a highly controversial and polarizing issue. In this essay, Gary Whittenberger articulates the philosophical and scientific foundation for a third option between the two extremes of pro-life and pro-choice — the pro-person p...

Freethought Book Club via Zoom, Sun, Sep 18, 2022, 4:00 PM | Meetup 09/16/2022

MWFS Book Club Members, we will begin voting on the books that members suggested on 9/18/22. Join the book club and help us decide. Then read and discuss the book winner.

1) "Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It" by Richard V. Reeves

2) "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead

3) "The Sum of Us: What Racism Cost Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" by Heather McGee

4) "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller

5) "Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics" by Tim Marshall

6) "Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World" by Gaia Vince

7) "Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life" by Zena Hitz

Muddy Waters Freethought Society Book Club: https://meetu.ps/e/LpgRX/mVqm/i

Freethought Book Club via Zoom, Sun, Sep 18, 2022, 4:00 PM | Meetup Reading selection: TBA A list of the books that we read and discussed since 2005: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ktfPbULgW-vdyEAu03CZcEYg-Ss3U0MC9JI2f7V5am4/edit?usp=

09/06/2022

“Of course, we all assimilate to a degree; society would cease to function if we did not. But one of the biggest risks of conformity, according to the psychologist Irving Janis, is that our sense of belonging (which makes us feel safe) blinds us to dangers and encourages greater risk-taking. He cited the example of Picher, Oklahoma, a mining town that was, at one time, the largest producer of lead and zinc in the world. Residents were proud of the fact that bullets for two world wars had been made from lead in their mines. But the mines were so extensive that some of them ran underneath the town. In February 1950, some two hundred residents were told to evacuate because of the imminent danger of a cave-in. The city fathers just laughed; one attended a Lion’s Club meeting wearing a parachute, just to show how silly the rumors were. Unfortunately the other inhabitants in Picher followed their lead, costing some of the men and their families their lives when the town center collapsed days later.

Irving Janis was working in the 1970s, well before the advent of fMRI scanners, but he hypothesized that lack of vigilance and excessive risk-taking are a form of “group derangement.”

Excerpt From
Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
Margaret Heffernan
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