NOSHA Meet & Greet: What is Humanism?

  • When: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

NOSHA is branching out to our friends in Metairie and will hold a meet-and-greet session to enjoy the marvelous Jefferson Parish Library!

NOSHA board member Chris Baudot will present an educational PowerPoint presentation about Humanism, a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value of human beings, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence over established doctrine or faith.


 

NOLA Science Cafe - "14 Billion Years Since the Bang"

  • When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
  • Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Daneel St., New Orleans, LA view map

Astrophysicists have estimated the universe's age to 13.82 billion years, but how? How do we know? Jason Talley will show us how astronomers measure the size and age of our universe at this month's NOLA Science Cafe.

Talley is the Director of the St. Charles Parish Library Planetarium. With over ten years of informal, science education experience, he has lectured on a wide range of space and earth science topics to audiences of all ages.

He has served in various informal educator programs such as NASA's Solar System Ambassadors and Earth Ambassadors. Talley believes we gain a better understanding of ourselves through learning about our cosmos and looking to the stars.

Join us! The purpose of science cafe is to make science fun and enhance science literacy for people of all ages.


 

Overcoming the Fear of Death

  • When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Death is inevitable. But what is it?

There are four belief systems about death: 

• No belief in the afterlife

• Afraid of heaven or hell

• Looking forward to heaven

• Belief in past lives. 

This event will cover overcoming the fear of death through virtue and understanding, fear of the process of dying (pain and suffering), fear of punishment, near-death experiences, fear of eternity, solutions to overcoming the fear of death and all of its related fears. 

The speaker is Kelvin Chin, the executive director of Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life through an approach that is grounded in understanding death. It is grounded in understanding death more clearly and aligning that understanding more accurately with each of the belief systems.


 

Screening - Godless in America: The Extraordinary Life of Madalyn Murray O'Hair

  • When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

The secular community has heard lots of discussion about the "new atheists" in recent years, but there was one "original" atheist who set the world on fire with her efforts to make non-believers a part of society. 

There are many accounts of Madalyn's life, with most having a Christian twist or edge of nastiness. This film is free from such bias in the story. We'll also have time for some discussion afterwards. If you don't know her, come in from the July heat and enjoy this short documentary!


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Screening of Planet Earth

  • When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

NOSHA will present an episode of Planet Earth that describes a more naturalistic and science-based view of the human experience.

Planet Earth was a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in high definition.


 

Science Cafe Serves Up Food for Thought

06/28/2015
Local food and restaurant critic Tom Fitzmorrris lists 1401 eateries in metro New Orleans. And that’s not counting franchises or fast food outlets. He will probably not be including one recent opening in his updates—that of a local version of the new multinational concept of  “Science Cafes”. That’s because the fare served there is information, specifically about topics in science, rather than the latest twist on bistro comfort food or arty but bitty portions of nouvelle cuisine.

NOSHA has teamed up with Delgado professor Dr. Marion Freistadt to bring topics of different scientific disciplines to the general public. It’s an interesting new approach for widening public awareness about the value of having at least a cursory understanding of how science relates to issues in an increasingly complex world. Lectures and discussions are served up for small groups in an informal setting at easily accessible locations.

Freistadt’s educational and professional background is in the biological discipline of virology, the study of viruses. She comes “from a strong traditional academic background with grant funding,” she told me in an email. “I am currently setting out on my own and am therefore seeking a robust partnership of local and national sponsors.”

She is the founder and director of Virology Institute of New Orleans, a nonprofit incorporated in Louisiana, which was established for “Advancing Science Education” .Services provided by the Institute to achieve that end include “Science Cafe, monthly newsletters, the ‘Going Viral’ radio show, enhancement of science literacy, science career mentoring, research funding reform, and virology research”.

On May 12, Freistadt presented to a group of 20-25 at the uber-funky Neutral Ground Coffeehouse with a balanced overview on the topic of vaccines: the different types and how they work to protect from infection; a brief history from the earliest days of the discoveries of Edward Jenner and his discovery of the cowpox vaccine to fight the then rampant smallpox scourge; and Louis Pasteurfinding defenses against rabies and anthrax. Her talk included some of the current issues centered around vaccination, and she put into perspective which concerns are legitimate and others that are based more on hysteria and conspiracy theories than fact. Over the years, we have basically eradicated smallpox and polio, and were on the way to ending measles before the recent upsurge in cases—primarily because of misinformation riding on the coattails of the vaccine-as-Autism-cause panic.

Dr. Freistadt’s long-term goal is to have her Virology Institute housed in a geodesic dome similar to the one Buckminster Fuller designed as the biosphere for Expo 67 in Montreal. She says it is “visually educational” because the design mimics the naturally occurring design that many viruses use to package their genome within a three dimensional structure.

More Science Cafe sessions are to be sponsored “in the foreseeable future,” said Freistadt. “The broader mission of VINO is to enhance science literacy….Lots of suggestions, such as astronomy and relativity have been put forward. I am open to many ideas. We are just starting.”

So let’s do lunch. And think about tipping VINO at http://virologyinstituteofneworleans.org. This fledgling good-cause operation is worthy of our support. 

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What is Humanism?

Humanists reject superstitious beliefs.

Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values.

We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.

It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity.

We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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