Episode 35 – Feeding on the News

How do you learn about the world?  It’s impossible to learn about most things directly, so most of us rely on news of some sort.  News.  It’s usually bad, that’s what makes it newsworthy.  How to stay informed then, about what’s important?

We at the Secular Hubcast encourage continuous and lifelong learning.  And sometimes that means learning some of the tough truths in life.  Join us for stories that are relevant to you..today.

Read the statements from the ‘Honorable’ Aquila here

Original CNN article about R Kelly.  Follow up from the Chicago Tribune.  Read the indictment for yourself

Here’s and absolutely harrowing story from the Miami Herald.  Read if you dare.  Details about 45’s Labor seceratary, Alex Acosta

What did the pope say?  Ever seen the pope sing before?  Who are these conservatives giving Francis a hard time?

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)

Episode 34, Meow Wolf and Secular Hub, The Discussion

This is what secular community is all about;  making special moments happen and being part of it when it does.  It was great fun to be able to help arrange an event where we show a fun documentary with fun people in it and then…one of the stars of the doc walks into the room.

Huge thanks to Matt King and to the Meow Wolf for coming down to the Secular Hub and spending time talking with and answering questions for the community.

Listen to hear many in-depth answers to well-thought-out questions about one of the most interesting art collectives in our time.

Host/Moderator:  Jesse Gilbertson

Guest:  Matt King

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

Music: Adventures – A Himitsu

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Happy Birthday Mister Darwin!

Charles Robert Darwin was born 210 years ago today, which seems like a long time to most humans.  That time is about a microsecond in the geologic time scale (GTS) that expresses the history of our planet.  Would Darwin be impressed by how far our understanding of life has evolved?

Darwin's Tree of evolutionIn 1837, Darwin wrote in his notes (see image) “I think case must be that one generation should have as many living as now. To do this and to have as many species in same genus (as is) requires extinction . Thus between A + B the immense gap of relation. C + B the finest gradation. B+D rather greater distinction. Thus genera would be formed. Bearing relation” (next page begins) “to ancient types with several extinct forms.”

To be fair, it is likely this thought had occurred to other people before this time, but were never published.  It took Darwin, twenty-two years to gather evidence and develop the idea and the courage to publish his most famous work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life published on November 22, 1859.  In 1844, Darwin wrote to Joseph Dalton Hooker, “At last gleams of light have come, & I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable. Heaven forfend me from Lamarck nonsense of a “tendency to progression” “adaptations from the slow willing of animals…”

Darwin opened up a can of worms or should I say bacteria with his theory which is still being debated today.  Although the debate today is much different than in Darwin’s time.  So like life, knowledge evolves as well.  The tree of life looks much different than Darwin’s first drawing.

Modern tree of lifeWhat strikes me about this modern version of the tree of life is the dominance of bacteria. Bacteria are colored blue, eukaryotes red, and archaea green.  This shows the diversity in bacteria, it does not indicate the abundance of bacteria on earth where the biomass has been estimated to be greater that all plants and animals combined.  Another interesting fact about bacteria is they evolve at a rate that is observable in a short time-frame.  The video below shows bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance in a matter of days.

So the debate continues with many theories on how life evolves, but that is what science is all about, testing theories to find what is the best explanation of reality.

At the end of On the Origin of Species Darwin concluded that:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

“Evolved” in the quote above was the only mention of evolution in the first 5 editions of his book.  He finally added the word “evolution” to the sixth edition of his The Origin of Species in 1872 also removing “On” from the title.

Happy birthday to Charles Darwin and the Secular Hub (6 years old).

For more information see Wikipedia’s Portal:Evolutionary biology.

Episode 33 – Meow Wolf and Secular Hub, The Interview

Matt King and Caity Kennedy in their Garage

No one knows exactly where Meow Wolf lives or where it comes from, but it has entered our universe and it’s not leaving.  There’s a great deal of interest and excitement around Meow Wolf’s permanent Santa Fe location, ‘The House of Eternal Return’ and an unholy amount of anticipation around Meow Wolf’s future permanent locations in Las Vegas and Denver.

Meow Wolf’s new locations are larger than the original (the Meow Wolf’s influence grows constantly!) and there are plans for many locations in many new cities.

Meow Wolf co-founder Matt King visited and joined into conversation with the Secular Hub at the Dinner and a Documentary event for January.  Engaging in a nearly hour long Q-and-A discussion with our community he then sat down before our microphones for a 1-0n-1 interview.

Events such as this are a remarkable example of just what a special place the Secular Hub is.  Hope to see you there soon.

Host:  Jesse Gilbertson

Guests:  Matt King

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

Music: Adventures – A Himitsu

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Episode 32 – Humans, Celebrating

For those who live without religion significant and profound human moments can be difficult to really  commemorate.  It seems that important moments, be they:

  • Marriages
  • Funerals and memorials
  • Christenings
  • Retirements

or any other powerful life change requires special acknowledgement.  For instance, when one decides to change one’s gender ‘coming out’ as that new person when the process is done can be extremely helpful for the person and the community.  Similarly, holding a memorial after a loved one dies helps the community remember that person and properly begin to grieve so as to move on.

Tim and Jennifer are registered Life Cycle Celebrants who perform non-religious ceremonies.  Sometimes these are mixed religion ceremonies where the participants desire a non-religious ceremony (so no one feels excluded).  Other times ceremonies performed are for the secular and Humanist society (which is their specialty).

Visit celebratingtimes.com to see what Tim and Jennifer do or to write to them…or on Twitter…or on Facebook

Want to learn more about Celebrants or the process of becoming one?  Learn about the Celebrant Foundation & Institute

If you happen to be getting married and you’re already using theknot.com be certain to see how Jennifer and Tim are registered on that site.  Many interesting photos from previous ceremonies

Host:  Jesse Gilbertson

Guests:  Jennifer and Tim Bailey

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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