Monthly Meeting – January 8, 2017Place: Radisson Conference Room
Dr. Lyttle is a member of the Society of Philosophers in America, founder of the Iron Range Coalition of Reason, and secretary of our own Lake Superior Freethinkers. After high school, he traveled back and forth across Canada with his own showband for a decade. Then he went back to school to earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in philosophy and organization. Since 2001, he has used the Harvard case method to develop broad and wise decision-makers at American universities such as Penn State and UMD.
Topic: Freethought: Historical Context and Hysterical Connections
It turns out that the freethought movement has a venerable history of its own and we are a part of that. It may be helpful from time to time to review its origins and development and assess the ideas it has come to be associated with. Some of those associations are more legitimate than others.
Why is February 17th considered the birthday of the freethought movement? How did European freethought come to America? What is the connection between freethought and other ideas such as socialism, anarchy, atheism, and conspiracy theories? To what degree are these associations still valid?
This talk will be an attempt to answer these questions.