Building a Moral Foundation: Moral Landscaping Part 2 Episode 73

In this episode of The Secular Hubcast we welcome Chris Shelton: a podcaster (Sensibly Speaking), critical thinker, ex-Scientologist and friend of the show. Together we further develop the ideas examined in the first part of our Moral Landscaping series. During our discussion Chris provides some push back that helps to further clarify and hone the ideas behind Building a Moral Foundation. The discussion gets a little heated but ends with smiles and handshakes.

 

This series is designed to build a moral foundation that you can use in your everyday life. Its meant to provide guidance and understanding of what morality is, how we can properly engage with it and how we can avoid moral relativism and other pitfalls of moral judgement and thinking. You can measure your own moral code to the foundation built in this series to determine if your moral position should be taken seriously.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Science @ the Hub: Human Evolution

The Global Dispersal of Homo Sapiens and the Archaeology of Computational Complexity

Dr. John Hoeffecker, from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder was November’s featured speaker for the science talk.

The Hub specializes in creating moments and situations where folks representing diverse viewpoints and backgrounds mingle.  The exchange of ideas is essential to culture and society and at the Hub we do our part to help in the free flow of ideas.

Dr. Hoeffecker’s talk was wide ranging and deep and possessed a great deal of interaction with the event’s attendees.  He took all questions seriously which helped make the talk feel more like a conversation.

Below is an excerpt from elsewhere on secularhub.org, copied and pasted here because they say it better than I ever could:

Anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) dispersed out of Africa several times after 300,000 years ago, but only one of the dispersals (beginning ~60,000 years ago), was ultimately global in scope, including Australia, the Eurasian arctic, and Western Hemisphere. The global dispersal entailed occupation of habitats and climate zones never previously occupied by earlier forms of Homo, probably because of relatively low plant and animal productivity and extreme winter temperatures. Adaptation to these habitats and climates required technologies of structural and functional complexity
comparable to those of recent hunter-gatherers in similar settings, including mechanical artifacts and insulated clothing. Archaeological evidence of such technologies is found in Africa after ~100,000 years ago and associated with the spread of modern humans into Eurasia and beyond. The quantum jump in technological complexity suggests an
increase in the complexity of the computations that underlie the design of artifacts, which in turn suggests that changes in human cognitive faculties underlie the global dispersal of Homo sapiens.

John F. Hoffecker ● since 1998, research faculty at Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder
● BA in archaeology (Yale 1975), MA in anthropology (University of Alaska 1979)
● investigated archaeological sites in central Alaska related to early occupation of Beringia during 1980s (Science paper in 1993)
● PhD in anthropology (U of Chicago 1986) with focus on Paleolithic archaeology of Russia and Ukraine
● research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (1984–1998)
● researched Neanderthal sites in northern Caucasus with Russian colleagues in 1990s (including Mezmaiskaya Cave, which yielded Neanderthal skeletal remains)
● author of Desolate Landscapes: Ice-Age Settlement in Eastern Europe (Rutgers U Press, 2002)
● researched earliest known modern human occupations in Eastern Europe (central plain) with Russian colleagues during 2001–2009 (Science paper in 2007)
● author (with co-author Scott Elias) of Human Ecology of Beringia (Columbia U Press 2007)
● researched early Inuit sites in northwest Alaska during 2000–2011
● researched early modern human sites on East European Plain with Ukrainian and Russian colleagues during 2012–2018 with focus on geochronology
● author of Modern Humans: Their African Origin and Global Dispersal (Columbia U Press 2017) (Choice “outstanding academic title” 2019)

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Episode 70: CFI Conference Interview featuring Becky and Ruth from the Hub

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we interview two Secular Hub members to get their perspective on the recent Center for Inquiry’s conference held in Las Vegas. Becky and Ruth describe their experiences, tell us about the different speakers they saw and encourage us to attend such conferences ourselves.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Episode 67 – A Conversation with a Theist

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we take a deep dive into the mind of a theist. Our special guest Nathan Spears discusses his problems with the scientific world view and attempts to demonstrate how science falls short in its search for truth, reality and consciousness. This is the first part in a multi-part conversation where we hit on a variety of topics. In this episode we focus on the short comings of science as it pertains to our world view, human’s place in the world and morality.

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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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

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Episode 25 – Flat Earth Part 2

Paul and Chauncey from the Secular Hubcast talk about the flat earth convention they attended in Denver. Multiple interviews with flat earth believers are featured with witty commentary provided by Paul and Chauncey. This episode consists of short clips and analysis of flat earth claims, beliefs and reactions flat earth believers get from their friends and family.

Hosts: Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams

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Episode 23 – Flat Earth Part 1

Flat Earth Part 1: The Interviews
A couple of weeks ago the flat earth community had a conference here in Denver. We heard about it in our secular sphere of friends and decided that the Hub needed to be represented. So, we set out to conduct interviews and boy did we get them!
This edition of the Secular Hubcast is the first part of a four part series detailing the flat earth movement in all of its splendor. Listen in as we discuss the views, questions, conclusions and claims made by the folks we interviewed.
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Host: Paul Schilling
Guest: Chauncey Williams
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Episode 16 – Evidence Based People

On the 14th of April, 2018 marchers once again assembled to take a stand and speak out at this historic moment.  In Denver, the very heart of the city was taken over by marchers and demonstrators. 

The message was clear, “We want our leaders to take an evidence-based approach to policy and our world”.

Mike Baumeester and podcast newcomer AJ participated in the march and conducted during-the-march interviews, and Mike even stuck around the Secular Hub’s volunteer tent to put in even more volunteer hours.

Because this episode was recorded during a march and inside Denver’s beautiful Civic Center Park the noise and energy of the event can be heard in the background as well as in the diverse voices of those.

Recorded April 14, 2018.

Topics covered in this episode, for further consideration:

March For Science Denver  or visit the national organization March for Science

Oasis community in Salt Lake City, you say?  Why yes, indeed.  Check out their upcoming events

Where exactly does Brigham Young U fall in the nation’s colleges and universities least friendly to LGBTQ rights?

Speaking of things unfriendly to LGBTQ, conversion therapy is still practiced in many areas.  The bill in Colorado to prevent its application to minors has been stopped for the 2018 legislative session.  As usual.  Let’s all keep up pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing.  Find your own representatives here

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures

Host(s): Mike Baumeester, AJ

4 – March for Science Denver

On the 22nd of April, 2017 legions of people around the world marched, taught, and learned together in the name of science, reason, and free speech.  Many thousands participated in Denver, including a delegation from the Secular Hub.  The HubCast was on hand to capture the energy of this historic event. Jesse Gilbertson and Mike Bouwmeester discuss Mike’s background and his work with the HubCast.  Mike interviews several activists at the march and at the teach-ins, including one of the event’s main organizers.

As this episode was recorded on site at Denver’s beautiful Civic Center Park the noise and energy of the event can be heard in the background, and that energy and enthusiasm can be heard in the diverse voices of those participating in this episode.

 

Recorded April 22, 2017.

 

Learn more about the guests in this episode:

Colorado Children’s Immunization Project

Jefferson Humanists

Sierra Club and learn about the initiative to get Denver 100% carbon free by 2030

The Academy GO WILDCATS!

March For Science Denver  or visit the national organization March for Science

 

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures

Host(s): Mike Baumeester, Jesse Gilbertson

Videographer: Jesse Gilbertson

3 – Andrew Curtis Forlines – Secular Comedy Home School

This week we speak with Secular Hub member Andrew Curtis Forlines.  Currently a chef and comedian in the Denver area, Andrew speaks about what it was like to grow up home schooled, never visiting or attending any organized school.  What type of religious thinking can create a situation where children don’t have a basic right to an education, and what are some of the consequences?
Andrew and Jesse also discuss the comedy scene, accidentally getting a contact high at work, making scientists better communicators and bringing people together.  In addition to being a member of the Secular Hub Andrew also volunteers at the Hub by organizing and running events such as Secular Night Live, cooking for events like pancake breakfasts, and running Dinner and a Documentary night, as well as other events.  He’s kind of a working machine.
Find Andrew Curtis Forlines at or reach out to him via
Email:  HysterialAF@gmail.com
Host: Jesse Gilbertson
Guests: Andrew Curtis Forlines
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