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New HWSC YouTube Channel

All,

We now have a Youtube channel.  We will use this channel to share video recordings of our events.  The first video is up and ready to be viewed.  It is the introductory lecture for the Quest series of modern science topics.

 

 

A New Season of Humanism

Hello all!

The Board of Directors of the Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland has been very busy over the summer, and we have some significant news, events and changes planned for the coming few months.  As if that weren't enough, we also have some nifty new branded items on the way that you can purchase to show your support for Humanism in general, and the HWSC in particular.

Starting the program year off, is our Philosopher's Lunch, which always occurs on the third Thursday of a given month.

Please Complete Poll in our Meetup Group

Please take 3 minutes to complete the poll posted in our Meetup group.  This poll solicits from you information about your preferences for additional activities in the coming months.

Website Maintenance This Saturday

The HWSC Website will be down for maintenance this Sunday, May 19th, 2013 for an unknown number of hours starting at 2:00 Central time.  We will be conducting updates and security fixes and implementing a file repository for established memebers.  

-Dave Clark

May 8th Annual Planning Meeting

Join us for our annual planning meeting on May 8th at 7:30 PM.

 

We will be covering the topics:

  • Internet resources for Humanists
  • Annual election of board members
  • Discussion of June picnic
  • Suggestions for future programs
  • General discussion of group members' Humanist-related priorities and goals.

January Meeting - The Move to Amend

Citizens United, Corporate Personhood, and Money is Speech - How these Court Decisions Impact our Democracy

Join us Wednesday February 9th at 7:30 PM at the Dupage Unitarian Universalist Church to learn more about the efforts to combat "coprorate personhood".

Humanist Christmas Carols Lyrics

I love many traditional Christmas carols.  Many of them are already quite secular (e.g "Frosty the Snow Man", "Rudolph", "Here Comes Santa Claus", etc.)  However, some of the best are stepped in religious mythololgy.  Also, many of the melodies for carols have been around for a lot longer than the words that were assigned to them.  Taking that fact as inspiration, I've rewritten several of them with lyrics I believe are more in keeping with humanist themes.  Here are some of them for your enjoyment.  Feel free to use and share these.

 

Member Area

Our Member Area will evolve over the next few weeks.  Our intention is to add a section where members who pay their $20 annual dues can access electronic copies of presentations associated with our monthly talks.  Also, we will begin to make a members list such that you can opt-in to share your contact information only with other members should you wish.

There are three ways to use this site: 

 1) Non registered members: You can browse much of the site contents

 2) Registered members: You can browse much of the site and contribute to the forum discussions

Login with Facebook

You can now link your facebook account with your login to HWSC. After making an account here, click the blue "Connect" icon to login. Just make sure your facebook profile e-mail address is the same as the e-mail in your HWSC user account (the one you verified when you first signed up.)

Freethinking: Post #1

It occurs to me that practicing science might be historically perilous.  Perhaps, if one measured the percentage of untimely deaths of scientists and natural philosophers through the ages, one could conclude that being a scientist ranks historically among the most dangerous of non-military professions.  Such a statement may call to mind lab explosions, chemical spills, electrocutions or radiation poisonings.

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