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The purpose of FreeThought Arizona is to establish, grow, and support a community of freethinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists and humanists based on reason, science, and critical thinking. The goals are to maintain separation of church and state, advance education and science, examine and discuss literature, support families, work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and protect the civil rights of our members and others through meetings, lectures, debates, discussions, protests, letters to the editor, blog, podcasts, broadcast appearances and any other reasonable and civil means available.
FreeThought Arizona grew out of the Southern Arizona branch of the Center for Inquiry, a transnational organization. We are a group of rationalists, skeptics, and humanists in and around Tucson serving all of Arizona.
We have joined together to provide an ethical alternative to religious and paranormal worldviews, protect civil liberties, defend reason, and to work toward increasing scientific literacy in Arizona.
To achieve this goal, FreeThought Arizona sponsors:
We draw upon volunteers, members and other supporters who are enthusiastic about our agenda and wish to take part in our movement. In addition, FreeThought Arizona sponsors social events for freethinkers as well as intellectual programming, and assists with campus outreach and other community organizations with whom we share similar goals and philosophies.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Dennis Embry, president & senior scientist of PAXIS in Tucson will speak on "Ending Youthanasia.."
America’s children, youth and adults have the worst rate of mental, emotional, behavioral and related disorders, among the rich democracies. Dr. Embry calls this epidemic, “Youthanasia.” The evidence is present for anyone to see, hear, feel, and read (see scientific trail at www.pubmed.go). This is creating an economic, political, social, and national security catastrophe. Why is this happening? Is it just over-diagnoses? If true, why are other countries less “infected” so far? And if true, what can we do NOW? Using the polio epidemic as a template, Dr. Embry outlines how America’s practical prevention, intervention and treatment science can rapidly and cost-effectively reduce these problems, to tame the epidemic. The talk weaves findings from behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, evolution, and epigenetic processes, as well as from spiritual practices for preventing and curing this scourge that is significantly more serious than the polio epidemic. Dr. Embry draws liberal examples from his work and other projects around the world. He proposes that Pima County become the first political division to tame this epidemic, which was evident and arguably preventable—even with the case of Jared Loughner when he shot and killed six people in Tucson on January 8, 2011.
Dr. Embry is the president and senior scientist of PAXIS Institute in Tucson, and co-investigator with Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, the Manitoba Center for Policy Research and other entities. He and his colleagues study, develop and promote scientific solutions to major public health problems and policy issues such as substance abuse, violent or suicidal behavior, mental health and school failure. Dr. Embry’s research has been previously funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the US Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, state governments and other countries. His consulting clients have ranged from Sesame Street to the Pentagon, law-enforcement to public-health entities, from Canada to New Zealand. His writings focus on social science applications, neuroscience, evolution, faith/anthropology, and large-scale public policy issues. His recent publications appear in
American Psychologist, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Psychology,
and other prestigious journals. PAXIS Institute, a for-profit entity, has more than 50 projects across North America with the aim of making doing good more profitable than doing evil. Growing up in considerable adversity and evaluated as educatedly mentally retarded, he uses his experiences to inform his work and tell the story of possibly improving the wellbeing of all. PeaceBuilders, the largest youth violence prevention study in the US, was designed and conducted in Tucson in the mid-1990s by Dr. Embry
This event is sponsored by FreeThought Arizona and will be held in DuVal auditorium.
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COMING EVENTS at FreeThought Arizona
Monthly FA Mtg, Tucson January 19, 2014. Christopher D. Imprey talk is called "Humble Before the Void". More info to come.
Monthly FA Mtg, Tucson February 16, 2014. Seth Andrews "The Thinking Atheist". More info to come.
Monthly FA Mtg, Tucson March 16, 2014. Dr Hector Avalos "A Historical or Mythic Jesus? An Agnostic Viewpoint". More info to come.
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