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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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Moss [2015/12-20]

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:32am

Todd Rosenstiel discusses current discoveries on the role that mosses have played in Earth's ecosystems. He provides us with a new appreciation for one our planet’s most ancient and successful organisms. He shares stories about recent expeditions aiming to understand the role that mosses are playing in shaping the future of a rapidly warming Antarctica. Dr. Rosenstiel is an Associate Professor of Biology at Portland State University and the current director of PSU's Center for Life in Extreme Environments. He works on projects at the interface between plant and human biology.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: moss and ecology

Hubble Space Telescope [2015/12-13]

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 4:43pm

Bob McGown presents a slide show giving us an overview of the Hubble Space Telescope. This telescope has opened the door to remarkable discoveries and has engendered new branches of astrophysical research. Daring rescue missions by brave astronauts have extended the capabilities and life of the Hubble Space Telescope. Bob McGown is a physicist/astronomer who enjoys the challenges of amateur astronomy as well as galaxy research and extra-solar planet hunting. He has two personal friends on the Hubble Telescope team and he follows its discoveries. Bob is also a licensed electrician in the Portland area.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Astronomy and Hubble Telescope

Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder [2015/11-29]

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 1:49pm

Sherry Joiner will discuss the symptoms and causes of schizoaffective disorder, along with her own developmental stages and the steps she took to get well by sharing her art work and her experience with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She writes: “In my teenage years, I struggled with schizoaffective disorder. Years later, in 2001, I was diagnosed. I then became a mental health advocate. I am here to help others affected by mental health disorders.” Ms. Joiner is the author of “Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder.”

Cast: Portland Humanists

History of Humanism [2015/11-22]

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 8:14pm

Presentation by Linda Mabry. The Renaissance origins of humanism will be traced. Meet the scholars who searched for ancient Greek and Roman texts to try to understand humans as more than passive vessels of an unseen god. It is in Renaissance Italy that humanism first arose, challenging the medieval view of purpose and causality in the world, and of the place of humans in it. Ms. Mabry is professor of educational psychology at Washington State University’s campus in Vancouver. Several years ago, she developed a fascination with Renaissance Italy and she has traveled to its famous, and to its lesser-known, sites.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Challenging the Sports Myths [2015/11-15]

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 6:37pm

Presentation by Dave Pebworth. Are competitive sports really good for America’s schools? Dave Pebworth has never won an athletic contest and was always the last chosen for any team. Now in the late autumn of his life, he questions whether sports are beneficial or detrimental for America’s schools and American society. If you enjoyed sports, you will want to hear this. If you hated P.E., you will want to hear this.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Probability and Scientific Inference, Part Two [2015/11-01]

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 7:57am

In Part Two of a three-part presentation, Laurent Beauregard discusses scientific inference, logical empiricism, falsifiability, and
the difference between science and pseudo-science. Laurent holds an M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science. He has taught at U.C.L.A. and at Reed College. He is currently a member of the HGP Web committee and he edits the videos that you find on our website.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: science and philosophy

A Better Oregon [2014/10-04]

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 5:48pm

Presentation by Philip Shiltz. “A Better Oregon” is a coalition of parents, teachers, and small business. Oregonians are working harder than ever but are bringing home less. During the last decade, the majority of Oregon workers saw their incomes decline while corporate profits skyrocketed. Some of the world’s largest corporations make millions of dollars from the business they do in Oregon, but contribute very little to help pay for the services they use. Corporations need to pay their fair share. Philip Shiltz is a representative and partner of the A Better Oregon Coalition.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: oregon