The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to co-host a speech by Annie Laurie Gaylor with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP).
Gaylor is the co-founder and co-president of The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is a national 501(c)3 educational, legal and activist organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.
Gaylor’s presentation “Why Women Need Freedom From Religion” is based on Gaylor’s books “Woe to Women: The Bible Tells Me So” and “Women Without Superstition: No Gods — No Masters.” This event will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please join us in the spacious and beautiful auditorium of the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
Please note that this presentation takes place just days before the arrival of Pope Francis to the City of Philadelphia. Traffic will be heavy and public transportation will be crowded. Make sure to allow extra time for transportation difficulties that will surely take place that evening.
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The Board of Directors of the Freethought Society invites you to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Society’s founder and president, Margaret Downey!
We are honoring the 3 decades plus (and ongoing) efforts Margaret has devoted to promoting equality for nontheists and safeguarding the separation of government and religion.
We hope you can attend the celebration (details below) but if not, cards, letters and tax-deductible donations to the Freethought Society in Margaret’s honor can be sent to:
c/o The Freethought Society
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366
Invitation: Fundraiser brunch celebrating Margaret Downey’s 65th birthday, for the benefit of the Freethought Society
When: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Where: Azie on Main restaurant, 789 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania (See: www.azieonmain.com)
In Lieu of Gifts: Buffet brunch, including entertainment, tax and gratuities, $65 in cash or by check payable at the door. ($25 is tax-deductible to a non-profit organization.) For those not able to attend, donations appreciated at: http://www.ftsociety.org/donate/ or by mail to the address above.
Bring: Your checkbook. Drinks other than coffee are additional, and we will be having a silent auction. Also, if you like, bring a roast or toast to Margaret!
**Please note: The number of attendees is limited by available seating at the restaurant; reply early to save your spot.
RSVP: At your earliest convenience, please, but no later than August 12, 2015, to:
Vice President, the Freethought Society
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The Freethought Society joins with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia to host acclaimed science writer and physicist Paul H. Halpern as a speaker onSunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Halpren’s presentation is entitled Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics. The presentation will take place at the EHSP building, located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.
Halpren’s presentation, based on his book of the same name, investigates how physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger battled together against the incompleteness and indeterminacy of quantum mechanics. Their conversations resulted in many interesting quips, including Einstein famously and amusingly saying that God does not play dice with the universe and Schrödinger creating his famous fable and thought-experiment of a cat in a box that is in a mixed state between life and death until it is observed, that was neither alive nor dead not to explain quantum mechanics but to highlight the apparent absurdity of a theory gone wrong. But these two giants did more than just criticize: they fought back, seeking a unified Theory of Everything that would make the universe seem sensible again, a theory that would unite the forces of nature and supersede quantum weirdness.
Einstein dedicated the final decades of his life in the search for unification. Even on his deathbed he asked for pencil and paper in a vain attempt to complete his calculations. Less familiar, but similarly intriguing, are the efforts of Austrian physicist Schrödinger to solve the same riddle and beat Einstein, with whom he had collaborated, to the answer. The relationship between the two extraordinary physicists offers a riveting tale about a deep friendship challenged by the temptations of scientific glory.
Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics has received positive reviews from a diverse readership, both professional and everyday reader. A seemingly inscrutable subject to cover, Halpern’s writing and speaking is down to earth as he easily engages the reader and listener on what is a complicated problem involving two of the greatest minds who ever lived. Among the many reviews, the Library Journal said of Halpern’s work that it is “A highly approachable book that will appeal to readers…who are interested in physics, the history of science, and the human and political aspects of scientists and their work.” The Wall Street Journal stated that it is “A fascinating and thought-provoking story, one that sheds light on the origins of some aspects of the current challenging situation in physics…. Mr. Halpern’s engaging account is a great human story and should be of interest as well to anyone fascinated by the still-unsolved questions that they pursued together.” And in the reveiw by Nature, “Physicist Paul Halpern tells the entangled tale of Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, and their search for a Grand Unified Theory with humour and concision.”
Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an acclaimed author of 14 popular science books, exploring the subjects of space, time, higher dimensions, dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, particle physics, and cosmology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. A regular contributor to NOVA’s The Nature of Reality physics blog, he has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Future Quest and The Simpsons 20thAnniversary Special.
Halpern’s presentation is free and open to the public, and begins at 4:00 PM, Sunday, May 31, at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia building, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Books will be available for purchase.
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