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FreeThought Fort Wayne’s March Meeting

Posted by Skeptigator on February 11, 2009

What: FreeThought Fort Wayne March Meeting
When: March 11th, 2008 7PM-9PM
Where: Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room B
Desc: If you have any ideas or questions please feel free to shoot me an email below or post a topic in the forums. As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always welcome. Please check the website in case there are changes to meeting rooms.
For more information go to http://FreeThoughtFortWayne.org or email us at contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

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FreeThought Fort Wayne’s February Meeting

Posted by Skeptigator on January 14, 2009

What: FreeThought Fort Wayne February Meeting
When: February 11th, 2008 7PM-9PM
Where: Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room B
Desc: If you have any ideas or questions please feel free to shoot me an email below or post a topic in the forums. As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always welcome. Please check the website in case there are changes to meeting rooms.
For more information go to http://FreeThoughtFortWayne.org or email us at contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

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Yellowstone Earthquakes and the Importance of Science

Posted by dystressed on December 30, 2008

Earthquakes have been swarming in Yellowstone. The significance? Possible future volcanic activity. Though not an immediate threat, this is a good illustration of why we need good, rational science.

…[T]he Yellowstone Caldera, formed in a giant volcanic eruption 640,000 years ago that blasted 240 cubic miles (1,000 km3) of molten rock (magma) into the atmosphere-more than 1,000 times the volume erupted at Mount St. Helens in 1980. Later eruptions largely filled the caldera and pushed up two resurgent domes within it—the Sour Creek and Mallard Lake Domes. No actual volcanic eruption has occurred in the Yellowstone region for about 70,000 years. [USGS Fact Sheet 100-03]

Get that picture? 240 CUBIC MILES of molten rock. That’s 5,280 feet by 5,280 feet by 5,280 feet. Of molten rock. Honey, this ain’t a barbecue, it’s the apocalypse.

According to a section on the PBS NOVA website “Mystery of the Mega Volcano,” that would mean as much as a third of the U.S. would be uninhabitable (and no one would probably want to live in the rest). More than that, other mega volcanoes in history are believed to have brought on Ice Age(s). Well that’s comforting. At least we wouldn’t totally screw up the planet all by ourselves, we can blame the mega volcano that will kill millions of people and make life on earth a literal hell.

Now I’m not out to preach for reckless hedonism in the face of possible disaster. I would rather you take away a desire to learn more about what science can and should do to prepare us for this. In fact, earthquakes are not new to Yellowstone, but they are scary when they happen in a “swarm.” Theories abound as to whether the next Yellowstone eruption would be as big as the formative eruption 640,000 years ago, but an eruption of some magnitude could be coming around the corner.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory collects tremendous amounts of data to help monitor the caldera and keep watch for major eruption dangers. Though their jobs must be very uneventful most days, these people have to properly analyze the data and come up with risk reports which tell us what’s next.

Intelligent Designers take note: Humans aren’t designed to survive volcanoes. If the human race is to survive, we must teach good science. If you believe in an intelligent designer, that’s fine, but you cannot ignore the threat of destruction and wait for divine intervention. Please don’t stand in the way of real science.

This photograph shows a horizontal view of the 2 May 2000 eruption of Steamboat Geyser. Photograph courtesy of Tom Cawley, NPS.
This photograph shows a horizontal view of the 2 May 2000 eruption of Steamboat Geyser. Photograph courtesy of Tom Cawley, NPS.

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FreeThought Fort Wayne’s January Meeting

Posted by Skeptigator on December 11, 2008

What: FreeThought Fort Wayne January Meeting
When: January 14th, 2008 7PM-9PM
Where: Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room B
Desc: If you have any ideas or questions please feel free to shoot me an email below or post a topic in the forums. As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always welcome. Please check the website in case there are changes to meeting rooms.
For more information go to http://FreeThoughtFortWayne.org or email us at contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

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December Sunday Coffee Klatch

Posted by neuralgourmet on December 10, 2008

Our third FreeThought Fort Wayne Sunday Coffee Klatch is coming up this Sunday, December 21st at the Firefly Coffee House on N. Anthony Blvd. Many thanks to Andy W. for coordinating this outing.

What: December Sunday Coffee Klatch
Where: Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N Anthony Blvd (map)
When: Sunday, December 21st, 2008; 10 am – 12 pm

FFW’s Sunday Coffee Klatch is just a relaxed, informal meet-up for the group to enjoy some fine coffee, good conversation and a little bit of camaraderie. There’s no need to be a member of FFW either. Anyone who fancies spending their Sunday morning shooting the breeze with a bunch of friendly, caffeine-buzzed, godless heathens is welcome.

I’ve got to say the turnout at the first two coffee klatches has been fantastic and everybody’s had a great time. There’s no reason we can’t do this more than once a month, all we need are some more members willing to step up to the plate and help coordinate the coffee klatches. The commitment is a relatively minor one too. All it takes is volunteering to be a warm body at at a definite time and place on some Sunday of your choosing.

We’ve been trying to spread our business around to as many local coffee shops as possible too, so if you have your favorite place to get your java fix, let us know in comments. Just make sure it has good seating. We’ve gotten about ten people showing up at each one.

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Artifacts from Millions of Years in the Future

Posted by dystressed on December 9, 2008

Relics by the Glue Society

'Relics' by the Glue Society

 

On a lighter note, Creativity Online, a subsidiary of AdAge.com published this story on the pulse fair.

A contemporary art installation has been produced by the Glue Society. They have taken artificial eyelashes and fossillized them in pieces of fabricated amber.

Gary Freedman of the Glue Society views it as an indictment of how artificial our culture has become. It’s funny, beautiful and thought provoking.

“Symbolic of that slightly fake culture we’re around—those man-made things will be the things that endure and could be interpreted differently in millions of years to come.” 

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November Sunday Coffee Klatch

Posted by neuralgourmet on November 19, 2008

Apologies for the late notice, this took a bit of schedule wrangling to firm up the date. Our second FreeThought Fort Wayne Sunday Coffee Klatch is coming up this Sunday, November 23rd at the Friendly Fox on South Wayne. This is just a relaxed, informal meet-up for the group to enjoy some fine coffee, good conversation and a little bit of camaraderie.

What: November Sunday Coffee Klatch
Where: Friendly Fox, 4001 S Wayne Ave (map)
When: Sunday, November 23rd, 2008; 10 am – 12 pm

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FreeThought Fort Wayne’s December Meeting

Posted by Skeptigator on November 5, 2008

What: FreeThought Fort Wayne December Meeting
When: December 10th, 2008 7PM-9PM
Where: Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A
Desc: If you have any ideas or questions please feel free to shoot me an email below or post a topic in the forums. As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always welcome. Please check the website in case there are changes to meeting rooms.
For more information go to http://FreeThoughtFortWayne.org or email us at contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

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FreeThought Fort Wayne’s November Meeting

Posted by Skeptigator on October 22, 2008

SPECIAL NOTE: This is not the Second Wednesday of November, this is the First Wednesday.  We’ll call it our special post election meeting

What: FreeThought Fort Wayne November Meeting
When: November 5th, 2008 7PM-9PM
Where: Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, 2nd Floor, Business and Technology Meeting Room
Desc: If you have any ideas or questions please feel free to shoot me an email below or post a topic in the forums. As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always welcome

For more information, contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

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October Sunday Coffee Klatch

Posted by neuralgourmet on October 18, 2008

We thought we’d try something new in the way of activities. A lot of us have trouble getting to evening events and activities so we’d like to invite everyone to our first Sunday Coffee Klatch. This is just a relaxed, informal meet-up for the group to enjoy some fine coffee, good conversation and a little bit of camaraderie. For now, we’re planning on making this a monthly activity, but if there’s interest we’ll definitely expand it to biweekly or even weekly.

What:   October Sunday Coffee Klatch
Where: Mocha Lounge, 6208 Covington Rd (map)
When:  Sunday, October 26th, 2008; 10 am – 12 pm

Welcome Stumblers! If you’d like to meetup with FreeThought Fort Wayne’s members and share some good coffee, you can find our next Sunday Coffee Klatch here.

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