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Author Fernando Alcántar at Ludington Library, on September 26, 2016

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host presenter and author Fernando Alcántar on Monday, September 26, 2016. His free and open-to-the-public presentation is entitled “To the Cross and Back” and is based upon his book.

The program starts at 7:00 PM, in the community room at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A SEPTA stop is located across the street from the library.

In his presentation, Alcántar will take the audience on a journey of discovery, analyzing the cultural barriers and psychological consequences of organized religion which lead to bigotry, prejudice, and harm. Through his personal story ascending up the ranks of Christian leadership in North America, Alcántar will flesh out the systematic institutionalization of a religious system that promotes the withering of critical thinking, homogenization of cultural values, and the promotion of attacks on minority communities, such as the LGBT and ethnic populations.

Alcántar is a former denominational state leader for the Foursquare Church in Mexico, the United Methodist Church in the United States, and missionary leader for Azusa Pacific University, the second largest evangelical college in the nation.

September - October 2016 Freethought Society Newsletter eZine

Click here to see the September/October 2016 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • Robert Green Ingersoll Peoria, Illinois Statue Rededicated
    by Margaret Downey
  • Photos of the Robert Green Ingersoll Events
  • The Curse of the Carl Sagan Effect
    by Julien Musolino
  • Breaking the Chains (Blacks and Christianity)
    by James Rogers, Jr.
  • Five Harsh Realities of Being Raised by Christian Fundamentalists
    by Timothy Brumbaugh
  • The Life and Legacy of Cleo Fellers Kocol
    by Margaret Downey
  • FS Classifieds
  • Why We Don’t Volunteer and Why We Should
    by Tom Melchiorre
  • LogiCal-LA and Anti-Superstition Friday-the-Thirteenth 2017 Flyer/Poster
  • The Freethought Society’s 2016 Four-Month Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Do You Have a Soul? Cognitive Scientist Julien Musolino says “No.” Hear Why

Do You Have a Soul? Cognitive Scientist Julien Musolino says “No.” Hear Why

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Soul Fallacy Julien Musolino

Do you believe that you have a soul? If so, do you think that it will it survive the death of your body? Come and hear cognitive scientist, author and psychology professor Julien Musolinodiscuss “The Soul Fallacy,” from his book The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs, at the Freethought Society’s meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania at 7:00 PM.

“I decided to write this book because I’ve been teaching psychology and cognitive science for a number of years now, and I thought that there was one big elephant in the room,” Musolino said. “Students were told all the time about what we call the material basis of mind, but very rarely if ever were they told what this entails for popular conceptions of how we function mentally, the concept of the soul.”

Most people believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the concept of a traditional soul. This conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. Musolino will explain why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion, and he’ll also demonstrate that we don’t lose anything by letting go of “soul beliefs” and that there is something important to gain in doing so.

The aim of Musolino’s scientific work is to understand the functioning and development of aspects of the human mind such as language, reasoning, and critical thinking. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

“It captures the fallacy that the idea that we have a soul which I think isn’t true,” Musolino said and which he demonstrates in his book, “but also the idea that is constantly repeated in our culture by different voices that unless we believe in the soul, unless people believe in the soul, then our lives would be devoid of meaning and purpose which I think is a fallacy as well. It’s perfectly fine, in fact perfectly normal, for a lot of people to not have those beliefs and live perfectly happy, meaningful lives.”

In addition to being a scientist, author and public speaker, Dr. Julien Musolino is a tenured professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he holds a dual appointment in the psychology department and the Center for Cognitive Science. Born and raised in France, he studied at the University of Geneva in neighboring Switzerland; the University of North Wales, Bangor, in the United Kingdom; the University of Maryland; and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and is regularly invited to give lectures in the United States and around the world. He has appeared on television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, his work has been discussed in popular magazines, including Psychology Today, and he’s been a guest speaker on radio and podcast programs in the United States and abroad.

Musolino is also deeply interested in science, the history and development of science, the public understanding of science, and the factors that interfere with the understanding and dissemination of scientific knowledge. His resent work focuses on the implications of the sciences of mind for a range of issues at the interface between science and society. The goal of this work is to promote the role, understanding, and importance of science, reason, and critical thinking, especially in a country like the United States. This work takes on a public dimension, and is represented by literary agencies in New York and London as well as the Speakers Bureau of the Secular Student Alliance.

“As science is more and more subject to grave misuse as well as to use for human benefit it has also become the scientist’s responsibility to become aware of the social relations and applications of his subject, and to exert his influence in such a direction as will result in the best applications of the findings in his own and related fields. Thus he must help in educating the public, in the broad sense, and this means first educating himself, not only in science but in regard to the great isJulien Musolinosues confronting mankind today.”

Julien Musolino’s “The Soul Fallacy” presentation is free and open to the public and takes place Wednesday, August 24 at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010 at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Margaret Downey, Freethought Society President, at 610-357-9432, or email her at Margaret@FtSociety.org.

 

July-August 2016 Freethought Society Newsletter eZine

Click here to see the July / August 2016 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine. In this publication you will find the following articles:

  • An Overview of Reason Rally 2016 by Margaret Downey
  • Thomas Paine-Themed Swag Photos
  • Thomas Paine Actor, Singer and Sculptor Photos!
  • Reason Rally Freethought Society Shirt Photos
  • Reason Rally Tree of Knowledge Display Photos
  • My Tattoo by Tom Melchiorre
  • Doing My Best by Lisa Pederson
  • 2016 Freethought Hero Awarded to Lisa Pedersen, for Doing Her Best by Jan Meshon
  • Meet the Newly Elected Freethought Society Officers and Board Members
  • The Freethought Society’s 2016 Three-Month Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

May-June 2016 Freethought Society Newsletter eZine

Click here to see the May/June 2016 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine. In this publication you will find the following articles:

  • Reason Rally 2016 — An Event Not to Miss
  • Who is Organizing the 2016 Reason Rally?
  • Reason Rally Bus Flyer
  • Why Organize A Reason Rally in 2016?
    by Margaret Downey
  • “Science” for the Sake of the Script
    by Dennis Middlebrooks
  • It’s Freethought Society Election Time!
  • The Freethought Society’s 2016 Three-Month Activities Calendar
  • Reason Rally Donation Flyer
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!If the ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff