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January 2020

Jan
12

Jan. 12 – Brandon: CFI Sunday Skeptics brunch and friendly discussions

Sunday, January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Crispers Brandon, 11019 Causeway Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511 United States

RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/35U9vrd 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Every 2nd Sunday of the month You don't have to be a paid member of CFI to attend. Come have lunch with us at Crispers Brandon on Causeway Boulevard next to Costco and LA Fitness! Please mark your calendars and join us if you're a Secular Humanist, Freethinker, Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Pastafarian, Universalist, Skeptic, not into religion, or just a scientific thinker and sci-fi geek. And invite your Secular Humanist, Freethinker, Atheist, Agnostic,…

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Jan
18

Jan. 18 Brandon – CFI Lecture Series – The Future of Technology

Saturday, January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Dr.
Brandon, FL 33511 United States

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2Mq2zdD "Doc" Dockery is a well-known lecturer who delights audiences with his enthusiast's knowledge of technology, history, and futuristic conjectures. Today he discusses where the arrow of time might carry technology through our future lives. Can humans understand advancing tech? Can we control it? What benefits are we now experiencing from our creations? How might we benefit from even more invasive/pervasive technology? "Hello, Siri?" "Doc" is a principal at the Tampa Bay Technology Center http://bit.ly/2FOhgpQ. Look for us…

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Jan
19

CANCELLED: Jan. 19 NW Tampa – CFI Lecture Series – The Future of Technology

Sunday, January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33626-2624 United States

We cancelled because 3 other groups meeting at the same time competing for the same body of attendees is cutting the pie too thinly. This event will be rescheduled. "Doc" Dockery is a well-known lecturer who delights audiences with his enthusiast's knowledge of technology, history, and futuristic conjectures. Today he discusses where the arrow of time might carry technology through our future lives. Can humans understand advancing tech? Can we control it? What benefits are we now experiencing from our…

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Jan
19

Jan. 19 – Clearwater: What Comes Next…after Homo Sapiens. “Transhumanism” or “Posthumanism”?

Sunday, January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UUC – Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL 33764 US

We will explore some of the possibilities of a "human" future that may not be too far away. In some ways it’s already here. The January meeting of the UUC Humanist Group will be Sunday, January 19th at 12:30 p.m. in the Octagon. Our speakers will be Vicki Klapper and myself. As always, we will go to lunch at Carrabba’s following the meeting. Please join us and continue the conversation. Also, if you haven’t already purchased your tickets for Darwin…

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Jan
20

Jan. 20 – N Pinellas – Monthly CFI Tampa Bay Humanist Social Dinner

Monday, January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chopsticks Super Buffet, 2543 Countryside Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33761 United States

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/39sznMY In January we return to an old favorite, Chopsticks Super Buffet for some post-holiday freethought company and conversation. The deadline for RSVP's is Sunday, January 19 at 11:30 pm. Limited to 15 reservations!!! This venue is wheelchair accessible. Late RSVP's please email David: sellonlyne@gmail.com. If you RSVP for this event and you are not able to attend, please change your attendance status to "No" prior to the event.   -----> Please bring non-perishable food for Tampa Bay…

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