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Almost every Sunday, HGP members gather in Portland, Oregon, for a program which is free and open to the public. With the invited presenters' permissions, we record those talks for our members, and with further permission, make them available here. Hovering over a thumbnail below shows its full title and [date] of that program, and clicking it brings it to the top window to view its "Description" and/or video. Most programs start with a very short reading chosen by a member. See http://www.portlandhumanists.org for more info about HGP and our programs. Members also get access to videos not authorized for public release, as well as the HGP library and member-oriented events. Video credits: For most videos, camera is done by Mike Birtchet, audio is done by Bill Maiden, and final editing was done by Dave DiNucci and is currently done by Laurent Beauregard. None of these videos would be possible without the excellent work of the HGP Program Committee to schedule speakers and to carry out the programs, or without the contributed time and effort of the speakers themselves.
Updated: 1 hour 19 min ago

Health Consequences of Space Radiation [2016/02-21]

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:11pm

Presentation by Mitchell Turker. Among the hazards for manned space travel, such as a trip to Mars and back, is exposure to ionizing radiation. Space radiation has three sources: galactic cosmic rays, solar flares, and trapped radiation belts. The presentation will explain space radiation and how it harms human tissues. It will include research data from the speaker and his collaborators.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: science and space radiation

Public Schools [2016/02-07]

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 2:53pm

Educator and activist Deb Mayer focuses on the forces that are aligning to privatize our public schools. Just as greedy corporations have been incrementally taking over our postal service and prisons for profit, billionaires, foundations, and corporations want to own our public schools. What can we do to protect, preserve, and protect quality public schools?

Cast: Portland Humanists

The Formula of Human Life [2016/01-31]

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:32pm

Jeff Strang describes the "formula of human life": what you're given, who you know, what you know, what you do, and any “accidents” (good or bad) along the way. Being born is an accident, and it's the first thing we're given. Supernatural belief falls into the "what you know" category. We’ll discuss this formula of human life, and how it can help put our own and others' lives in better perspective. Jeff has been a member of HGP since the aftermath of 9/11/2001. He has degrees in math, animal ecology, and international studies. He works as an Environmental Health Specialist at Multnomah County. His fascination with formulae led him to an interest in designing better economic solutions to social and environmental problems, which he pursues as chair of Common Ground OR-WA.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Camp Quest [2016/01-17]

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 5:32pm

Topic:
Presenter's name: Chuck Wolber
Date of presentation: January 17, 2016

Presentation about Camp Quest by Chuck Wolber. Camp Quest is a residential summer camp for the children of non-theistic or freethinking parents and others who hold a naturalistic worldview.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: atheism, children and summer camp