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Rationalists of East Tennessee is an organization created to benefit people by expanding understanding of the universe through the use of empirical and rational methods. Our purposes are as follows:
To foster an environment suitable to free speech and exchange of ideas.
To promote free inquiry into the nature of the universe and of human societies.
To encourage critical thinking on all aspects of human life.
To emphasize the importance of the scientific method.
To explore ethical and intellectual alternatives to supernatural beliefs.
To model humanistic ethics through service to the greater community.
To provide a fellowship for people who share these purposes.
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Recent News and Events
Rationalists of East Tennessee double-header Please join the Rationalists of east Tennessee for a double-header get-together on Sunday, July 20. Our regular third Sunday morning Roundtable discussion will be followed by an afternoon game day.
The Roundtable meets at the regular time and place: 10:30 am in the Goins building cafeteria annex on the Pellissippi State Community College campus. It will feature a DVD lecture from the The Skeptics Society by Dr. Sean Carrol titled “The Particle at the end of Universe”. The historic discovery of the Higgs boson is on a par with the splitting of the atom. The key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In this lecture, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes you behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event. What is so special about the Higgs boson? We didn’t really know for sure if anything at the subatomic level had any mass at all until we found it. The fact is, while we have now essentially solved the mass puzzle, there are things we didn’t predict and possibilities we haven’t yet dreamed. A doorway is opening into the mind boggling, somewhat frightening world of dark matter. We only discovered the electron just over a hundred years ago and considering where that took us—from nuclear energy to quantum computing—the inventions that will result from the Higgs discovery will be world-changing.
Our regular meeting will be followed at 1:00 pm by a Game Day gathering in the Community Room of Earth Fare Grocery, Turkey Creek. It will feature strategic game such as checkers, chess, jinga, othello or whatever people bring and want to play. Catchphrase will be available as well. You can purchase snacks, meal, desert, drink at the store (No outside food allowed.)
Posted by risler July 18, 2014
RET Skeptic Book Club for July Please join us for the Rationalists of East Tennessee monthly book club meeting on Sunday, July 13, 4:00 pm at Barnes and Noble on Kingston Pike. The book for discussion is “The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease“ by Daniel Lieberman. In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.
Posted by risler July 11, 2014
RET Lunch-Brunch Friends and members of the Rationalists of East Tennessee are meeting for lunch at the TASTE OF THAI restaurant, Wednesday, July 9, at 11:15 a.m. The restaurant is located at 8926 Town and Country Circle - phone number is 865-691-4442. It is just off North Peters Road, across from Best Buy and Lowe's Home Improvement. If you have not signed up or if you have signed up and need to cancel, please contact Pauline Hamilton at 437-9966 or firstname.lastname@example.org so tables will be ready.
Posted by risler July 07, 2014
No RET First Sunday Meeting This note is a reminder that, as usual, there will be no first Sunday meeting of the Rationalists of East Tennessee in July so people can attend the Lake Hypatia gathering sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Posted by risler July 04, 2014
RET Game Day Don't forget, on Sunday, June 29, The Rationalists of East Tennessee will hold a meeting of fun and games from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in the Community Room at Earth Fare Market, Turkey Creek Shopping Center. Bring a game you would like to play or play one of ours.It's buy-your-own drink, snack, lunch, desert, or some groceries at EarthFare. Since we get the room free, no outside food may be brought in.
Posted by risler June 26, 2014
RET Third Sunday Meeting Please join us for the Rationalists of East Tennessee Third Sunday meeting on June 15. We will view and discuss a DVD presentation by Dr. Kevin Dutton from the Skeptics Society Distinguished Lecture Series titled “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success”. Dr. Dutton reveals that there is a scale of madness along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry. Dutton argues that there are functional psychopaths among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more psychopathic people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the most successful con artists in the world, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath. Goins Cafeteria Annex, Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.