High School Science Grants Ready for the Asking

High School Science grants! Cape Fear area teachers: need money? Tell HFCF and the March for Science organizers why in one easy page and we might just send you a check.

Need science lab equipment? Want to take an awesome science-related field trip? The possibilities are truly limited only by your imagination.

We understand that department budgets are negligible at best, and that creative teaching takes a hit because resources are limited. We want to make a difference by awarding science program grants in the Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick county high school systems. Our grant requests are simple because we know your time is precious. One page, no crazy budget forms, and a quick signature from your principal. Mail it in and we’ll do our best to respond within 30 days.

Find out more at http://capefearhumanists.org/?page_id=835

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(Note, with a nod to science teachers who have taken issue with the above image: the use of proper safety equipment, including protective eyewear, is suggested.)

 

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The Downside of Magical Thinking

Contributed by Ed Tilley

I have read in the media, including our local paper, lots of talk about prayer.

Prayer, in my view, is magical thinking.

I suppose people who practice it do so with good intentions. I am not sure how they explain why some people who pray suffer dire consequences. I suppose they attribute it to a higher plan.

I am not a fan of magical thinking for two reasons.

One is that it avoids the hard work. Science is hard work. It is going to be the hard work and difficult decisions that will address climate change.

Two is that it absolves humans of responsibility. I am reminded of the student who prays before a test as they have not studied. For some reason the student feels she/he can avoid responsibility for poor study habits. We humans use it to avoid responsibility for the work needed for peace and justice.

I remain hopeful about the future. I do so not because of some grand plan. I do so because humans adapt. We need science and reason to address the issues confronting us. If we do use them, we will succeed.

Humanists Help Lead Charge to Preserve Wilmington’s Live Oaks

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The Ogden Preservation Group, with inspired participation from Mike and Susanne Werner, led the effort to save Wilmington’s magnificent live oaks from clear cutting.

Initiatives like those of the Odgen Preservation Group, are brilliantly in alignment with the Bylaws of the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear, in which the effort to “promote the welfare of humanity and the biosphere of which we are part,” is an important part of the stated purpose.

Enjoy the following video, produced by the City of Wilmington, and featuring Mike Werner.

“Unflappable Atheist” Herb Silverman to Speak on Secularism, Religion and Politics

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) will host nationally recognized writer, blogger, and secular activist Herb Silverman for a reading and discussion of his recent book, An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land. The program will be held at Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC, on Sunday, September 17, at 5pm.

herb silverman atheist authorSilverman deals with issues of American culture, politics, and religion, in An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land, from the perspective of a secular atheist outside the mainstream of today’s Republican South. Silverman is known for his original and humorous perspective on the secular movement in the deeply religious Republican South.

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HFCF Wins AHA Grant for Alix Jules Speaking Tour

Alix Jules

Writer and activist Alix Jules presented a program, Race and Racism in America, which explored topics including racial tones in culture, religion, and their effect on US politics. He reviewed some of the current stats and prevailing theories that continue to shape racial dynamics, while examining the concept of privilege in the Era of Trump. The writer also shared a candid, but humorous look at why Humanists often struggle with finding proper footing when discussing these topics. Jules touched on the backlash against PC culture and why words like “diversity” became a pejorative.

This program was underwritten in part by a Harvey LeBrun Chapter Grant through the American Humanist Association.

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