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Discussion Groups

           Sunday Morning            Discussion Group

Meeting weekly from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the UUCLC Social Hall

November 10:  "Creating Green Environments.” 9:30 - 10:45 - Special showing of the film “Paris to Pittsburgh” followed by a “Green” service with Orlando’s Director of Sustainability and Resilience, Chris Castro.  Chris, who is featured in the Orlando section of the film, will be staying after the service for a Q and A and discussion.

November 17:  Open Discussion

November 24:  Open Discussion

Thursday Science & Philosophy Discussion Group

Meeting every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 pm in the UUCLC Social Hall


This is not a class. It is a meeting of persons interested in the topics to have an open discussion to express their knowledge of the subjects and to exchange ideas and opinions.

Moderator: Franklin Pennington

November Discussions:

07     SCENE:  Dr. Frankenstein's lab:  "So Igor, whose brain did you bring me?" "Aby's" "Well, Aby WHO?" "Uhhhh, Aby Normal?"  Today we discuss the MANY ways and many reasons that human behavior seems ... a bit erratic?  Demonic Possession was a popular explanation for centuries, now the professionals try to find a SLOT in the DSM (Diagnostic Service Manual) that most closely fits your symptoms (OR the pro's background and bias?).  CRAZY or maybe just ... INSANE, and do YOU know the difference?  AND try to bring up at least ONE family member you found too too unusual, OR if it is you ... that is okay too!  Remember the kid with "F" report card asking his Dad, "Well Dad, what is it, heredity or environment?"  And sometimes exceptionality ... can be awesome (book NEUROTRIBES on the autism spectrum) but how does society react to someone lacking social skills (RE: a JOKE on SNL re Zuckerberg, 10/26/19).

14     Personal SAFETY: What does that mean and well, where do you see dangers in our world and what steps have you implemented OR at least pondered?  Alarms or weapons (non-lethal or potentially lethal?), protection as a SAFE ROOM or maybe ...bullet proof backpack?  How about your home or car, security systems and alarms, and what would YOU carry hiking in BEAR country?  OR do you need to go Para-military, with assault rifles and night goggles, tactical gear to the MAX?  Finally, DO you expect your police to protect you, OR just try to find your assailant?  Q: WHAT is the age of the now YOUNGEST person in the U.S. charged with murder?

21     Sometimes history .. reverses itself?  I have long treasured the Chinese text by Sun, "The Art/Science of WAR!"  NOW we can witness .. the current "WAR on Science!"  OH yes, huge corporate donations to universities to FIND and PUBLISH what is desired?  (A flap at McGill U. in Canada), budgets are CUT, personnel are fired or transferred OR just offered MASSIVE bribes to change area of research (was LEAD in gasoline a problem?), reports by scientific bodies are REWRITTEN by politicians (global warming is FAKE news!) or wishing to avoid the FLAP, some engage in Self-Censorship.  HOW was it possible that all that research done by tobacco companies ... failed to find any health risks?  And many MANY websites have been scrubbed, data hidden or destroyed, on and on.  The UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists, UCS.org) website finds this war on science and scientists very disturbing, check it out.  Also "Silencing Science," p 88 in Scientific American, May 2019 on U.S. Federal agencies.

28     Turkey Day -- NO S&P meeting!  Gobble!  Gobble!  Gobble!