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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.
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Alternative News [2013/12-22]

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:31am

Marsha Abelman, Ted Kozlowski, and Laurent Beauregard lead a discussion of mainstream and alternative coverage of news of current events. We consider questions of bias and of filtering.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: news and investigative reporting

God Is Disappointed In You [2014/03-09]

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:00pm

Mark Russell covers the entire Bible from the Garden of Eden to the destruction of the Earth in a fun, earthy, and irreverent slide show. He explains selections from his book, “God Is Disappointed in You.” This presentation is both very funny and extremely well-informed. It includes a substantial question and answer follow-up. Russell is a writer, cartoonist, and playwright living in Portland. He is the author of “The Superman Stories,” and “Traveling to Mars for Fun and Profit.”

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: religion, bible and comedy

Why Study Rare Diseases? [2014/03-02]

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 6:43pm

Presentation by Dr. Susan Hayflick. Rare diseases are those that affect fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. Nearly 7,000 such diseases are known today, many of them targeting children. Dr. Hayflick has dedicated her research to finding a cure for neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA), a group of rare, genetic neurological disorders. She will discuss the science that many of these diseases share and the social and economic challenges that patients face. Dr. Hayflick is chair of OHSU’s Department of Molecular & Medical Genetics. The Hayflick Lab, in collaboration with national and international partners, is credited with discovering five genes that cause NBIA thus furthering our understanding of neurodegenerative pathogenesis.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: medicine and rare diseases

Vitamin Supplements: Beneficial or Harmful? [2014/02-23]

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:27pm

The widespread use of vitamins and supplements to enhance health and extend life is now being questioned. Taking supplements, particularly megadoses, may be toxic unless the individual's actual level of a particular vitamin is known. Jules M. Elias discusses the biology of cellular energy production and the consequent production of the free radicals that can cause damage. Dr. Elias is emeritus Professor of Health Sciences at the State University of New York. He is author/co-author of more than 90 publications and several texts, the latest being the 2nd edition of "Immunohistopatholgy: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis.” He now lives in Portland and is an active chamber music clarinetist.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: health and vitamins

Health Benefits of Nearby Nature [2014/02-16]

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:21pm

Teresia M. Hazen discusses how gardens and nature are used in health and human service agencies to promote physical and mental health, coping, and well-being. She discusses strategies to help us support our personal health programs and also to encourage health and community well-being. Teresia M. Hazen has been with Legacy Health in Portland since 1991. Legacy promotes gardens in healthcare to enhance supportive environments of care for patients, families, and neighbors.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: health and nature

Shape of Humanist Thinking Today [2014/01-19]

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:22pm

Steve Goldman discusses the history of humanism with a look to its future. He looks at Greek and Roman models of humanism and what was kept alive by the Arabs. He then discusses the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and how humanism prepares the way for a scientific frame of mind and a standard of value grounded in serving human life and the betterment of society. Goldman is a graduate of the 'Great Books' program. His degrees are in philosophy. He teaches at Portland State University.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: humanism, philosophy and history

Seismic Detection in the Cascades [2014/01-26]

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:22pm

Elizabeth Van Boskirk discusses episodic tremor and slip events in Cascadia as observed by a network of Plate Boundary Observatories. Earthscope's Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) tensor borehole strainmeter (BSM) network has 75 sites along the Western Coast of the United States of America and southern Canada. Elizabeth Van Boskirk
holds an M.S. from the University of Arkansas.
She currently works with an NSF & NASA funded Plate Boundary Observatory, which is part of the larger Earthscope project.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: science and earthquakes

When Genesis Failed [2014/02-02]

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:21pm

This is a presentation by William Ames. He writes: “I was a humanist long before I realized that there was any organization like this one. I don't claim to be an expert on any of this, and what I know comes from voracious, eclectic curiosity. Everything I say today is documented, and I encourage you to check it for yourselves. I intend to cover the scientists, and their discoveries that forced educated people to abandon belief in the literal truth of the biblical Genesis story.”

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: evolution and genesis