Synesthesia: The Lucky Few with Mixed Senses

Program for Sunday, July 17, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dr. Christopher T. Lovelace, Professor, Department of Psychology.

A discussion of the sensory traits of synesthesia – how common is it and what’s it like to experience it.

Related links: Synesthesia.info and Synesthesia.org

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Climate Change: The Definitive Issue of Our Times

Program for Sunday, July 10, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO.

Mr. Murphey discussed climate change protection and sustainability in Kansas City and the consequent legacy left to future generations.

Here is a link to the KC Green webpage on the City’s website

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A Sober Look at the Deficit Hysteria: The Ryan Plan, Social Security and Medicare

Program for Sunday, July 3, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Max J. Skidmore, Curator’s Professor of Political Science UMKC and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

Editorial comment: Why Max Skidmore’s Talk is something that everyone needs to understand.

  1. The deficit hysteria – that the U.S. Federal deficit is a dangerous and very serious problem that must be dealt with immediately to avert some kind of a disaster – is first of all hysteria – hysteria being excessive and unfounded fear.
  2. The fear being promoted is baseless. The U.S. Federal deficit creates no burden for future generations, with the current U.S. monetary system, the U.S. Federal Government cannot go broke, U.S. Treasury checks cannot bounce, we do not have to tax in the future or borrow money from the Chinese (or anyone else) to deal with the deficit (or the debt which is the accumulated net deficits). The U.S. Federal Government cannot create money without limit.
  3. The deficit – is used as a pretext to not to do what is needed to offset cyclical problems — and thus keep the main street economy in the hole for a potentially long time
  4. The deficit hysteria about U.S. Federal deficit is being used as a pretext to destroy current and future progressive programs. Things can hardly help to get worse until deficit hysteria is exposed for what it is.
  5. Political Economy includes the functioning of the political system as it actually works. Economists are very good at proposing policies that make sense but that have difficult political problems that must be overcome first. Max Skidmore understands the politics as well as the phoniness of deficit hysteria.  (James Webb)
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The Emergence of Marriage as a Marker of Class

Program for Sunday, June 26, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

June Carbone, Smith Professor of Law. UMKC Law School, Co-author of Red Families and Blue Families

College graduates who marry now have the lowest divorce rates since the 1960s. Their children are most likely to live in intact families and get lavish educations; upper class children in intact families have all three advantages — class, education and intact family. But class largely trumps education: children raised in the top (top 20%) who do not get a college degree are now more likely to end up in the top (20%) than a child raised in the bottom (20%) who do get a college degree.

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Juneteenth: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going

Program for Sunday, June 19, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Airick Leonard West, President, Board of Directors KCMSD

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Keeping the Movement Moving

Program for Sunday, June 12, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

David Silverman, President of American Atheists

How the American Atheist Organization is supporting activism and leading the movement into the future.

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Free Thinking in Kansas City and Beyond

June 5, 2011

  • Sarah Hargreaves, founder and Organizer of the Skeptical Woman’s Group; Veronica Houghton and Jesse Dirks, Kansas City free thinkers.
  • Conrad Hudson, President of KU Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics KUsoma and  Representative of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
  • Other Kansas City free thinkers: Fred Heeren, Provocateurs and Peacemakers and Iggy Dybal.
  • The proceedings were moderated by Doug Greer


Sarah Hargreaves, Veronica Houghton and Jesse Dirks spoke about their involvement in the Skeptical Woman’s Group as well as the unique ways they are free thinkers. Conrad Hudson spoke about SOMA, SSA and free-thought events. Fred Heeren spoke about his organization. Iggy Dybal spoke about local free thinking groups.

(from left to right: Conrad Hudson, Sarah Hargreaves, Veronica Houghton, Jesse Dirks, Doug Greer)

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Nicolai Vavilov: A Martyr to Science Under Stalin

May 29th presentation

Dr. Fred Whitehead, Free Thought Historian.

Dr. Whitehead gave a brief history of a pioneer of plant genetics who starved to death in a Russian jail.

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Government Debt and Deficits: A Phony Crisis

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stephanie Kelton, UMKC Associate Professor of Economics

Understanding of the ability of the U.S. government to create money reveals the fallacy of the danger of the federal debt and deficit.

For more information click on this tag. New Economic Perspectives,
Recommended Reading: The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy by Warren Mosler

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Geology and Health

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Syed Hasan, Ph. D., UMKC Professor of Geosciences


Damage and lives lost due in recent natural disasters dramatizes the importance of geologic processes for human health and well-being, a new subspeciality in the Geosciences . Dr. Hasan discussed the scope and application of this new field, and identified research needs.

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