Welcome to the LAKE SUPERIOR FREETHINKERS


PLEASE JOIN US!   We next meet on the second Sunday in January 2017 in downtown Duluth at the Radisson Hotel (Location Map)
            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

MONTHLY SPEAKER & TOPIC INFO IS TO THE RIGHT
            Co-Host: David Broman - (218) 349-7455
            Co-Host: Jim Lyttle - (218) 464-1652
             Videographer - Jan Resberg


ADMISSION TO LSF EVENTS IS ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Newsletter – April 2017


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sunday April 2nd (monthly on 1st Sun)
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu April 6th (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6:00 PM
Ø  LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: Carmody Irish Pub – (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed April 19th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 5:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed April 19th (monthly on 3rd Wed) 
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: A Matter of Life and Death - Embracing Mortality

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Monthly Meeting – April 2, 2017
Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Shawn Otto
Shawn Otto was awarded the IEEE-USA ("I-Triple-E") National Distinguished Public Service Award for his work elevating science in America's national public dialog. He is cofounder and producer of the US presidential science debates at ScienceDebate.org. He is the award-winning author of The War on Science, which has been called "a game changer, and probably the most important book you'll read this year." He is also an award-winning screenwriter and novelist, best known for writing and co-producing the Academy Award-nominated movie House of Sand and Fog, and the LA Times Book Prize finalist literary crime novel, Sins of Our Fathers. He has advised science debate efforts in many countries and speaks worldwide on the critical role of science, evidence, and objectivity in free societies. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Rebecca Otto, the Minnesota State Auditor, in a solar and wind-powered green home he designed and built with his own hands. The couple have one son, Jacob.

Topic: The War on Science

Description [courtesy of Amazon.com]:
Finalist for the MN Book Award. "Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society -- from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense -- we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science: the identity politics war on science, the ideological war on science, and the industrial war on science.

The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence of science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices.  


Shawn on YouTube [one video of several]:
Why not have a US Presidential Science Debate:  click HERE

Shawn's latest book can be ordered on Amazon: 
"The War on Science: Who is Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It" :  click HERE 

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Zeitgeist Theater TED Talk for April 2017

Come see one of Lake Superior Freethinkers' own, Dr. Charles Gessert, speak about embrasing mortality. 



Newsletter – March 2017


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu March 2nd (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6
Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sun March 5th
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø  LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: The Lark – (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed March 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 4:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed March 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed) 
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: Stress: Friend or Foe - You Decide!

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Monthly Meeting – March 5, 2017
Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Vinod Gutpa
Vinod Gupta worked for more than a quarter century in the paper industry with SAPPI, most recently as Manager of Pulping Research for Sappi at Cloquet. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science in Paper Chemistry, and a Master's Degree in Management. He is now a Certified Financial Planner and a Financial Advisor who worked for four years with UBS and now seven years with Ameriprise Financial. He lives in Hermantown and loves to dance, garden, cross-country ski, visit National Parks, read, and volunteer. At the age of 70, he scaled Mount Everest to the first base camp (a mere 17,600 feet above sea level).  

Topic: Success and Happiness

Description:
Success and Happiness are skills that can be learned. In this presentation you will learn the key ingredients of success and happiness. How to incorporate them in your daily busy life? How to speed up the transformation? 
"It is necessary for a healthy and useful life and you deserve it."

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Propositions of faith lack any kind of rationality, and consequently are inherently contradictory with reason. One cannot make chicken salad from chicken droppings.

©  Rodney Sheffer

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LSF member Corine Buechner recently shared this article with fellow LSF book club members. I found it to be very interesting, so I am opting to share the article with the full LSF audience. - Mark Woodcock

On Meaning, Identity Politics and Bias in the Academy — An Interview with Clay Routledge



Meet Clay Routledge, a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at North Dakota State University. Professor Routledge studies such things as intergroup relations and how people create meaning in their lives. He has over 90 scholarly papers and has authored the book
“Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource.”
I discovered Professor Routledge on Twitter, where he tweets interesting observations about the state of orthodoxy on campus and in the broader culture. I thought it would be useful to capture some of his insights in a more in-depth form — what follows is an interview with Professor Routledge for Quillette.
To read the interview, click HERE.

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LSF Advertising 2017


The LSF Planning Committee recently decided to implement an "adopt an advertising board" strategy for 2017. The following LSF volunteers have offered to keep an eye on their respective bulletin board to ensure that an LSF poster is consistently present.

Thank-you for your time and dedication! 


  • Kari Lyn Becken — The Duluth Grill
  • Jo Haberman — Caribou in the Canal and Dewitt Seitz
  • Gerry Filiatrault — Beaner’s and Whole Foods West
  • Sue Anderson — Pizza Luce and Electric Fetus
  • Sam Weston — The Burrito Union
  • Linda Crumpton — Sir Benedict’s
  • Bill Guse — Whole Foods East
  • Jan Resberg — The Red Mug 


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Pa. school commandments marker to be removed due to FFRF lawsuit 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the successful settlement of a longstanding federal lawsuit challenging a 6-foot Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania public high school.

FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, along with a student and parent, Marie Schaub, filed suit in September 2012. Schaub, an atheist, ultimately withdrew her daughter from Valley High School in the New Kensington-Arnold School District because of the monument.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry dismissed the New Kensington challenge in July 2015, ruling that Schaub and her child did not have frequent enough contact with the decalog monolith, which meant that they did not have standing to sue over the violation.

In August 2016, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Schaub's legal right to challenge the bible monument. The three- judge panel unanimously found that Schaub's removal of her daughter from the school due to the presence of the monument, and prior contact with it, established their clear injury to sue.

That ruling set in motion negotiations with the school district, which has now agreed to remove the Ten Commandments monument within 30 days. The district's insurer will pay attorneys' fees of $163,500, of which more than $40,000 will go to FFRF for its attorney fees as well as reimbursement for its costs.

"It's been a drawn-out fight but my family and I are grateful to everyone who has helped us finally right a wrong that was committed so long ago," says Schaub, who received FFRF's Atheist in a Foxhole Courage Award at its annual convention last fall in Pittsburgh. "I hope this settlement serves as a lesson and a reminder that the separation of state and church is especially important when in comes to our kids in public schools. The removal of this religious monument will provide a more welcoming environment that will promote equality and neutrality."

FFRF is gratified that reason and our secular Constitution have prevailed.

"The First Commandment alone is reason why public schools may not endorse the Commandments," says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Students in our public schools are free to have any god they like, as many gods as they like — or none at all! In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the First Commandment."

In August 2015, McVerry had ruled in favor of FFRF's challenge of a similar marker in front of the a junior high school in Connellsville, Pa. That bible monument was removed in October 2015.

Representing FFRF is local attorney Marcus B. Schneider, with FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott serving as co-counsel.

FFRF has 27,000 nonreligious members nationwide and chapters all over the country, including 800-plus and two chapters in Pennsylvania.



Lake Superior

Freethinkers


Newsletter – February 2017


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu Feb 2nd (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6
Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sun Feb 5th
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø LSF Darwin Day Event
o   Location: Beaner's Central Coffee House
o   Date: Sun Feb 12th
o   Time: 7:00 to 9:00PM
Ø  LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: Pizza Luce – (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed Feb 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 4:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed Feb 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed) 
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: ?

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Monthly Meeting – February 5, 2017
Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Jim Noble
Jim Noble is a retired elder law attorney who lives in Brule, Wisconsin.  Previously, he taught political philosophy and philosophy of science at Ohio State.  He has a Ph. D from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and a Bachelor's in philosophy from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Topic: What is a Just Society

Description:
This will be a philosophical discussion in which I will try to set forth a thoroughly secular ethics.  Humans are social and political animals who desire happiness, i.e. a good life.  A good life, I shall argue, is unattainable apart from a just society.  I shall further argue that a just society is one whose laws are consistent with the general will as characterized by Rousseau.  Some implications of this and examples of legitimate and illegitimate laws will also be discussed.

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Dear Fellow Freethinkers,

It is time again to begin preparing for Darwin Day. The gala will be held again at Beaner's in Duluth, MN on February 12th from 7 to 9 PM. We look forward to celebrating your creativity through your talents at our 4th annual event.

Again, there will be cake and photo ops and even if you don't wish to share a talent, we'd be honored if you shared your time with us that evening.

For more information please contact Sonya.
 (715) 817-4817 or salston2001@yahoo.com

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The more a proposition is deemed crucial, the more it demands critical scrutiny.

©  Rodney Sheffer


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Wanted: Book Club Members
A new LSF book club started in November 2016. There are currently 8 members. The group selected Steven Pinker's "The Blank Slate," as the first book, and has been meeting monthly on Saturday mornings. The group will be starting the next book in late February, so it is an ideal time to jump in if you'd like to join.
For more information, please email MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com