RUTGERS’ APPLIED SENTIENCE STAFF WRITERS – DECEMBER/NOVEMBER ARTICLES

The Humanist Community at Rutgers University newsletter will be starting a new monthly digest of articles published by Rutgers students and alumni on Applied Sentience - a new national platform for the next-generation of Humanist thinkers.

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The Fiction Fallacy: Part 1, The Problem” by Alex Ioakimidis

Check out Alex’s first article as one of AS’s newest Staff Writers!  Alex, a Rutgers undergraduate, explores the use of “What If?” questions in fiction and wonder whether they can be of any real, substantive use in developing answers.

Of Hidden Gods: Sometimes Absence of Evidence IS Evidence of Absence” by Paul Chiariello

Have you ever talked with a theist who admits there aren’t any good argument or evidence for God, but still states that this doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist?  AS Managing Editor and HCRU Director Paul Chiariello argues that, while this maxim is usually true, there are exception and evidence for God is one of them.

Reason vs Religion at Rutgers: Julien Musolino Debates Mark Baker” by Leo Kozachkov

Leo, a Rutgers undergrad and frequent writer for Applied Sentience, reviews the recent Veritas Forum event at Rutgers in which HCRU’s very own Faculty Adviser and author of the recent book The Soul Fallacy debates linguist Mark Baker on their “perspectives on Science and Faith.”

Why We’re Here: Exploring the Causes of Hong Kong’s Protests” by Denzel Zhu

The recent Pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong marked an important moment in the history and future of the city state.  But as things usually are, the issues at the core of the protest are complex.  n this article Denzel, a Rutgers Sophomore, clears up some of this complexity in his thorough analysis.

 

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SPRING 2015 WEEKLY OFFICE HOURS CANCELED

Unfortunately, regular office hours with Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel at the RISN House have been canceled for the remainder of the Spring semester.

However!  If you would like to schedule a time to explore what Humanism is, talk about problems or stress you’ve having, what to get more involved with the Rutgers Humanist Community, or anything else then don’t hesitate to send us an email.

You can schedule a meeting with Barry by emailing him at rutgershumanist@gmail.com.

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SUSAN JACOBY: “THE SECULAR CONSCIENCE” JAN 11

Students, alumni, and friends in the New Jersey area!

Make sure not to miss Susan Jacoby, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of The Age of American Unreason and Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, who will be speaking with The Red Bank Humanists on January 11th.

The title of Jacoby’s talk is “The Secular Conscience.”   Further details concerning time and location are in the flier below! Continue reading

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NO OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Office hours this week have been canceled.

Barry will be busy planning an exciting event with Rutgers administration and the American Humanist Association, tentatively titled ‘The Future Common Ground Conference’.    More details in the soon.  Stay tuned!

Barry will still be available to talk online or set up a appointment.  Just send him an email at <Rutgershumanist@gmail.com>

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NEW RUTGERS STAFF WRITER FOR ‘APPLIED SENTIENCE’

Alexander Ioakimidis, a Rutgers University undergraduate and double major in Astrophysics and Philosophy, has just joined Applied Sentience‘s ranks as their newest staff writer!

Applied Sentience is a “Next Generation Humanist Thinkblog.”  You can check out a list and bios of their Staff Writers, including Alex, from all over the country in the link.

You can also check out the writer’s archives for AS’s two other current Rutgers staff writers Heather Yaden and Leo Kozachkov.  Former AS staff writers from Rutgers include Paul Jones, James Carroll, Harold A. Mesa, and Emma Leigh.

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CALL FOR QUEER ATHEIST PARTICIPANTS IN STORYTELLING PROJECT

Storytelling is a powerful tool for social change and building community.

The Embracing Identities Project is searching for personal stories of coming out as LGBTQ and atheist in a variety of communities. Our mission is to increase understanding of the diverse collection of people who identify as queer and faithless, examine the intersections of identities and experiences within this group, and to inspire others to embrace their identities within their communities.

You can read more about the project and how to apply here on Applied Sentience.

Check it out and spread the word!

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BARRY’S OFFICE HOURS FOR 2014-15

Want to learn more about the humanist worldview?  Need someone to talk to about telling your family you don’t believe in God?  Having stress with classes?

Rutgers Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel will be having office hours for anyone who wants to stop by and chat.  Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni welcome!  You can also email us at <RutgersHumanist@gmail.com> to schedule a meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

2 – 4 pm on Thursdays
@ 14 Stone Street (RISN House and Native-American Welcoming Center)

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PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH @ UN in NYC, Sept 21st

The People’s Climate March at the UN aims for nothing less than to change the course of history.  During a meeting of international leaders set to debate climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to urge dramatic reduction in global warming pollution.  We need to show these governments that the people are on his side.

Thousands have already registered.  To find out more and be part of history yourself, please go to the People’s Climate March website.

A Humanist contingent will be outside the New York Society for Ethical Culture at at Central Park West and W. 64th street which borders the Park starting at 10:30 am.  The march itself begins at 11:30 am.  The Continue reading

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NEW WRITING POSITION W/ APPLIED SENTIENCE

Applied Sentience is expanding nationally!

The blog’s list of participating universities (which started here with Rutgers!) now includes all six university humanist communities at American, Columbia, Harvard, Rutgers, Stanford, and Yale.  And their inaugural editorial board, made of leading humanist bloggers, includes Chris Stedman, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Esther Boyd, James Croft, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Jonathan Figdor, and Paul Chiariello.

As a multi-university project, Applied Sentience is now a national platform aimed at up-and-coming thinkers and activists who are interested in adding to the story of being human and navigating the challenging world we find ourselves in.  Posts ranging from opinion pieces to poetry, from interviews to photojournalistic articles.

The blog is looking for new writers from the ranks of current students and recent alumni from each Continue reading

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VOLUNTEERING FOR THE RESOURCE FAIRS

During the summer thousands of incoming students – both Freshmen and Transfers – come to scheduled Resource Fairs on Livingston to learn all about the plethora of opportunities available to students.  The Resource Fairs are only for administration and non-student groups, like Chaplaincies.

If you’re interested in helping out and joining us while we answer questions about HCRU and Humanism then let us know.  We can’t take that many volunteers because of space, but we could certainly use some help.  Students are more than welcome to volunteer or stop by to say hello!

Resource Fairs will be held Continue reading

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SUMMER OFFICE HOURS CANCELED

Summer office hours with Rutgers Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel will be postponed until the start of the Fall Semester.

Otherwise, office hours are regularly held every Thursday 2-4 pm at the RISN house just off College Ave.  In the Fall, office hours will be held in the same location, though likely during different hours.  We’ll let you know when the semester starts again when they’ll be.

However, if you’d like to meet up to chat, just send us an email anytime and we can definitely arrange something with either Barry or David.

Thanks!

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NEW APPLIED SENTIENCE POSTS: HOW TO BE AN ALLY, SCI LITERACY, BUDDHISM, & SUNDAY ASSEMBLY

Have you checked out Applied Sentience yet?

Applied SentienceAbout a year ago the Rutgers Humanist Community started a community blog for Rutgers undergrads, grads, and recent alumni to get their ideas out in the world.  And we have had an absolutely amazing time!  In the past year we’ve published nearly 100 articles ranging over every topic under the sun and all with the goal of helping our frail humanity “find beauty in the world and explore how to live in it.

Check out the links to the articles below to read some great article by Rutgers’ up-and-coming Humanist thinkers and activists!

The Importance of Science Literacy – Even for Scientists!

Buddhism & Humanism: Two Sides of the Same Coin, Part 1

Why I Went Back to Sunday Assembly: Thoughts on a Growing ‘Atheist Church’

4 Lessons from My Failed Project as an Able-Bodied Ally

Also, make sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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WORLD PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS RU EVENT & HUMANIST PANEL ANSWERS

A couple of months ago, the Humanist Community at Rutgers was invited to be part of a inter-religious panel discussion on ‘Forgiveness.’ The invitation was sent by members of the Rutgers Hindu Student Council, who organized the event, to representatives of religious groups… and to us.  The event held this past April 24th was part of the 150th anniversary of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions.

Though our participation may be looked upon as forbidden by some secular purists, we consider it a great opportunity to open minds and hearts to the value of the humanist philosophy.  So we accepted, but also soon asked for some changes. The HSC graciously accepted and edited the name of this particular event to that of the ‘World Parliament of Religions and Philosophies.’

There were a variety of questions that the panel was asked, below.  For a detailed transcript of the Rutgers Humanist Community’s answers to the panel’s questions, check out the link.  The questions were Continue reading

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RUTGERS MEMORIAL SERVICE & HUMANIST POEM

Today, April 30th, Rutgers University held their annual memorial service for students who have died over the course of the year.  The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students in collaboration with Student Life, the Interfaith Chaplains Association at Rutgers and CAPS.  This year the event was held at the Rutgers Student Center in the Graduate Student Lounge.

The Humanist Community at Rutgers was one of a number of Chaplaincies to offer words of solace to the grieving families.  Our Assistant Humanist Chaplain David Yaden read a poem, below.  Afterwards David Continue reading

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