FreeFlo – Florida’s Only Statewide Freethought Conference is 4 Weeks Away

Sep 12, 2014

The Florida Humanist Association is putting on another state conference in Orlando next month. Last year’s event was attended by more than 300. This year is shaping up to be even better with a lineup of movement leaders, authors, and personalities.

Dr. Lawrence Krauss will offer the Keynote Speech and the film “The Unbelievers” [Official Trailer – http://youtu.be/ZxDLkoK8vQQ] will be screened with Q&A by the filmmakers Gus and Luke Holwerda.

Keith Lowell Jensen will entertain with comedy during dinner and Seth Andrews hosts Thinking Atheist Trivia in the bar after dinner.

An exclusive Dinner with Dr. Krauss is available to a limited number of guests on Friday evening.

Holiday Inn Orlando Airport

October 10-12, 2014


 

Speakers and Schedule: http://free-flo.org/speakers/

Conference Trailer: http://youtu.be/LEqQF7H0NBU

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FreethoughtFlorida

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/786666188052450/

Registration Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/602603

 

11 comments on “FreeFlo – Florida’s Only Statewide Freethought Conference is 4 Weeks Away

  • @ Robert.
    I’m really envious. There are so many public events that I would love to attend in the US.It suggests a real feeling of being part of a movement. I’ve been to a couple of small events such as a Writers’ Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas , but not a large scale, public outing. Must be a great feeling!



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    Katy Cordeth says:

    Hope Lawrence doesn’t have another hissy fit and storm out if the audience seating arrangements yet again fail to meet his exacting standards.

    An exclusive Dinner with Dr. Krauss is available to a limited number of guests on Friday evening.”

    “These peas are not in contact with the veal chop, which is itself as far away from the baked potato as it’s possible to be. No, I will not be placated by your mashing it all up into a smooth homogeneous paste. This entire meal is now unacceptable to me. I will not be party to segregation. Screw you guys, I’m going home and sticking you with the check.”



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  • But it was the meat insisted the vegetables sit at the back of the plate.

    Cultures are where many mitigatable harms (those harms of interest to the moral) are first cooked up. No culture gets automatic respect from the moral.

    The peas may appear agreeable to the separation but, though all peas may all look alike, inside they don’t necessarily feel it. The placation that the fusili and penne can scatter itself where it likes is a…er…fudge.

    Sometimes missing a meal is the least bad option.



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  • As one of the ‘peas’ ( different variety, maybe a snowpea or even broad bean), I don’t like being pushed to the back of the plate. I consider the hissy-fit by Lawrence Krauss to be a principled action.



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  • While we’re accommodating our veggies let’s make sure to allow for all the white ones that want to sit together – and certainly not, heaven forbid, next to the poor old black beans. Cauliflower culture we can call it.

    Oh, and yeah, what Nitya said.



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    Katy Cordeth says:

    I consider the hissy-fit by Lawrence Krauss to be a principled action.

    A principled action which meant everyone who turned up to hear him speak wasted his or her time, or would have done if Krauss hadn’t had a change of heart and, um, stormed back in. At least Justin Bieber has as his excuse the fact that he’s nine when he keeps his audience waiting for ages or fails to turn up at all. Krauss is in his fifties.

    From http://news.yahoo.com/physicist-walks-gender-segregated-debate-london-university-215023206.html:

    “At some point in the debate, a woman told Krauss that she felt ill at ease sitting among men.”

    If this was entirely about female attendees being segregated from their male compatriots against their will, that would be one thing. Some of these women made it known they were happier sitting apart from the men and Krauss still felt the need to do his Mariah Carey diva-esque tantrum bit.

    “You are in a public arena and not in a mosque, not in a private event,” Krauss said he told her, according to The Telegraph.

    “It is the obligation of people who don’t feel comfortable with that to decide how they are going to mesh with broader society, not the other way around,” he said.

    And if some people make that decision and decide they don’t wish to go along with the majority, prefering to hang on to their cultural conventions, we’re going to shut our clubhouse door on them are we? No physics for you, Muslima, not until you drink deep from our own particular loving cup.

    If you’ve been educated in a single-sex environment, there is a likelihood you will not be entirely relaxed around members of the opposite sex and prefer in a situation like the one at London College to sit apart from them. Only in the past century or so has unisex education become the norm; it used to be widely accepted that putting boys and girls together in the classroom was not conducive to either sex’s receiving a good education.

    It’s fortunate that a young Lawrence Krauss was never booked to debate at the school I attended. Once he discovered it was girls only, presumably he would have refused to speak until a coachload of boys was shipped in and bemusedly made to sit among us girls in a principled action against our school’s immoral policy of gender apartheid.

    This seems to be more about Krauss’s trying to impose his western, particularly American, values on a non-westernized segment of this audience because he was uncomfortable with what he calls segregation and others think of as usual.

    Gooble Gobble indeed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C4uTEEOJlM



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    Katy Cordeth says:

    A principled action which meant everyone who turned up to hear him speak wasted his or her time, or would have done if Krauss hadn’t had a change of heart and, um, stormed back in. At least Justin Bieber has as his excuse the fact that he’s nine when he keeps his audience waiting for ages or fails to turn up at all. Krauss is in his fifties.

    From http://news.yahoo.com/physicist-walks-gender-segregated-debate-london-university-215023206.html

    “At some point in the debate, a woman told Krauss that she felt ill at ease sitting among men.”

    If this was entirely about female attendees being segregated from their male compatriots against their will, that would be one thing. Some of these women made it known they were happier sitting apart from the men and Krauss still felt the need to do his Mariah Carey diva-esque tantrum bit.

    “You are in a public arena and not in a mosque, not in a private event,” Krauss said he told her, according to The Telegraph.

    “It is the obligation of people who don’t feel comfortable with that to decide how they are going to mesh with broader society, not the other way around,” he said.

    And if some people make that decision and decide they don’t wish to go along with the majority, prefering to hang on to their cultural conventions, we’re going to shut our clubhouse door on them are we? No physics for you, Muslima, not until you drink deep from our own particular loving cup.

    If you’ve been educated in a single-sex environment, there is a likelihood you will not be entirely relaxed around members of the opposite sex and prefer in a situation like the one at London College to sit apart from them. Only in the past century or so has unisex education become the norm; it used to be widely accepted that putting boys and girls together in the classroom was not conducive to either sex’s receiving a good education.

    It’s fortunate that a young Lawrence Krauss was never booked to debate at the school I attended. Once he discovered it was girls only, presumably he would have refused to speak until a coachload of boys was shipped in and bemusedly made to sit among us girls in a principled action against our school’s immoral policy of gender apartheid.

    This seems to be more about Krauss’s trying to impose his western, particularly American, values on a non-westernized segment of this audience because he was uncomfortable with what he calls segregation and others think of as usual.

    Gooble Gobble indeed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C4uTEEOJlM



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    Katy Cordeth says:

    Sorry for the repetition. I posted this about five hours ago and it’s just appeared. I thought only comments containing hyperlinks were automatically flagged as spiced ham. Has it been extended to include any blue link?

    hashtag: hnvordn



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  • Cauliflower culture

    Nope, Great Northern/Navy beans to follow the legume theme.

    (Krauss, duck lobbed tomatoes (fruit or vegetable?).)



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  • Yes but we all need to grow up sometime. Social anxiety is something we all need to master. I’m particularly bad in some situations. I avoid people too often because of a sense of unease. I wish someone would smack me around the chops and point out that the unease is not a reflection of an external reality.

    Minor hurts pandered to by over anxious grownups stops kids growing up.



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