To remember, commemorate and honor Eliseo Fernandez

From his family and very close friends

Eliseo Fernandez passed away on May 13, 2017. He was a friend of the Community of Reason for decades. A sampling of his interests included the history and philosophy of science, pragmatism (the Charles Peirce variety), history of technology, and biosemiotics, among other fields and disciplines. As such his interests dovetailed very well with the stated goals of the Community of Reason. Over the years he gave several lectures and attended presentations given by others at the Community of Reason. Eliseo was deeply committed to learning and spreading the knowledge that he had accumulated over many years with the hope that others might benefit from it and, perhaps, carry the torch of knowledge into the future.

He is sorely missed by all who knew him and benefited from his willingness to share his treasury of scholarship and his own insights with others.

From James A Webb, President of Community of Reason KC

Eliseo Fernandez was a dear friend to me personally and a friend to Community of Reason who presented a number of talks to us on topics related to evolution and science. We lost Eliseo earlier this year rather suddenly from cancer and related problems. Eliseo personified reason in the best sense combined with a kindness and generosity of spirit. He knew more about topics that interest me – history and philosophy of science — and the thought of Charles Peirce than I could imagine anyone knowing. His gentleness and openness survived having to leave a dictatorship in Argentina. Pettiness and vindictiveness were just completely absent from Eliseo’s being. He is missed.

 From a CoR KC member

I immensely gained both intellectually and personally from his association.  He is a great loss to us all.

 

 

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December 17 potluck dinner

Community of Reason KC will have no 2 pm  Sunday programs for December 17, 24 and 31st

Instead We are having a potluck dinner
DATE: Sunday, December 17
TIME:  6:30 pm
LOCATION: 3707 Pennsylvania, the home of Tom Crane
Tom’s phone: (816) 561 6488

Please RSVP at
(816) 457 4624  (my number) or
(816) 561 6288
We hope all our friends and members can attend.  These have been very enjoyable in the past.

Happy holidays to all.
James Webb,
President, CoR KC

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Our Government Has Been Wedgied

Program for December 10, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301 

Kenneth S. Schmitz, UMKC Professor Emeritus of biophysical chemistry and environmental studies faculty

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Health Off the Shelf: Safe and Effective Low-cost Natural Methods to Prevent and Reverse Illness

Program for November 26, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Lyndall Caldwell, author and former newspaper reporter

Lyndall will talk about his upcoming book.

 

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Kansas City Public Schools:  The Fix

Program for November 26, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Tom Love, former Kansas State Representative

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Movie: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (by Greg Palast)

Program for November 19, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Christian L. Wade, discussant and member of the Greater Kansas City International Workers of the World (IWW).

This presentation is cosponsored by Community of Reason KC and The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the International Workers of the World (IWW)

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Looking at the Future of Newspapers

Program for November 12, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Lee Judge, political cartoonist and sports writer, Kansas City Star

Please note that we now meet from 2 pm till 4 pm

 

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A State in Moral Crisis

Program for November 5, 2017
2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

 

 

Rev. Dr. Rodney E Williams, Pastor, Swope Parkway United Christian Church: President, Kansas City Branch of NAACP


Please note that from here on out we shall meet from 2 pm till 4 pm every Sunday


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The Kansas Freethought Trail

Program for October 29, 2017
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Fred Whitehead, poet, author, freethought historian and activist

Following Tom Flynn’s recent talk on developing a Missouri Freethought Trail, Fred Whitehead will present selected sites and themes relating to the rationalist and humanist heritage of the Sunflower State, including the Appeal to Reason newspaper and Little Blue Books of Girard, geologist Benjamin Franklin Mudge of Manhattan, Etta Semple of Ottawa and others.

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Journalism on Fire

Program for October 22, 2017
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Joe Robertson , Kansas City Star reporter and feature writer

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