"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."  -Carl Sagan


Durango Skeptics and Atheists Newsletter

July 2017
Greetings, Free Thinkers!
Welcome to the new Durango Skeptics and Atheists Monthly newsletter. We are playing around with various formats for the newsletter in order to bring members information on upcoming events, relevant news items, fun activities around town, and announcements pertaining to our group. 

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  • July 19th- Monthly meeting at the Irish Embassy (come early to eat and socialize! Discussion starts around 6:20ish).

  • July 16th-  Book Club: Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Meeting at Larry and Carolyn's. See our Meetup page for more details.

  • Oct 26th-29th- CSICON 2017 in Las Vegas, NV "Join luminaries such as James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Richard Wiseman, Lawrence Krauss, and master of ceremonies George Hrab for the biggest skeptics’ event of the year."   Who wants to go??
Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director, Tim Walsworth will discuss a recent news article that sought to connect an increase in homelessness here in Durango to the recent recreational legalization of marijuana. He will address the erroneous claims brought forth, and lead a group discussion on this issue.

And don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Durango Food Bank!
Principles of Curiosity
Educating our children on the importance of rational, critical thought is vitally important, particularly now when both children and adults are bombarded by misinformation through the internet, social media and other sources.
Brought to you by Skeptoid Media, Principles of Curiosity discusses how to identify erroneous information, and how to arm yourselves and your children with the critical thinking skills needed to navigate through our world today. Run-time is 40 minutes. Check it out!
In The News......
(News Items from around the Interwebs)
Secular News-
  • There were lots of news items in June, from the judge in Pensacola, Florida who ruled that a long-standing cross on display on government property must come down, to the ten commandments monument installed at the Arkansas State Capitol that lasted less than a day.
  • The Supreme Court made a ruling concerning the public funding for a playground on a church property in Columbia, MO. "By a 7-2 vote, the justices sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground." Read about it here.
Science/Skepticism News-
  • Stephen Colbert addresses the wacky pseudoscience promoted by actress/woo-peddler Gwyneth Paltrow on her GOOP website. Crystals, sacred stones and other "spiritually blessed" items can all be yours.....for a price. Stephen addresses her marketing scam brilliantly. Check it out here.
  • The case for/against coconut oil rages on. Here's an informative article found on Snopes summarizing the way studies can be used to mislead.

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Members Corner
John, Kylene and Adrian at one of our monthly meetings at the Irish Embassy.
Photo from our recent Coal Bank Pass Highway Clean-up meetup on July 2nd, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out!
We would like to welcome all of our newest members to the Durango Skeptics and Atheists Meetup group. June brought us 10 new members, bringing our total group membership to 305!  A huge welcome to those who attended our monthly meeting for the first time in June.

We'd also like to wish a very Happy (Belated) Birthday to the following members:

-Maria Doucette (June 9th)
-Clint Kearns  (June 26th)
-Larry Bollinger (June 29th)

 And a Happy Birthday to
Joan Ward (July 12th)

Also- A HUGE Happy Anniversary to
Lou and Joyce Fontana, celebrating 47 years of marriage. Congratulations, guys!

Members- please send your birthdate or other important dates to
Thanks To all Who Came Out For The
 Members Talk-

"Origin of Christianity and the Rise of Jesus"

There was such a great discussion after the  presentation concerning such questions as, "How was it that Jesus was baptized? Isn't that a Christian concept?" Also brought up was the notion of some biblical scholars that Jesus, and even the town of Nazareth, may have never even existed. Check out these links I found addressing these questions:

Questions about whether Nazareth existed- Bart Ehrman responds. Did Jesus even really exist? The Mythicists think not.

And what about that baptism performed on Jesus by John the Baptist. What religion was he baptised into?? Here's what Quora readers have to say about it.

If you missed the presentation but would like to check it out, you can view it here on our new YouTube channel.

A very, VERY big thank you to
Preston Benson for recording the audio AND creating the slide show for the channel. 


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