Owl & Ibis - A Confluence of Minds is a secular, humanist, free-thinker discussion group. Meetings are held twice each month in Fayetteville, Georgia, USA. Discussion topics are drawn from the natural and social sciences, philosophy, history, cultural studies, and the sacred. Sacred topics focus on the impact of sacred beliefs and behaviors on the well-being of the individual and society, and on Humankind as a whole. For more information, click on the three-bar icon at upper left.
I am sometimes asked what sources I use for news and information. In addition to electronic and paper books and a free local weekly newspaper tossed in my driveway every Wednesday (awful opinion page, great crossword puzzle), I read mostly online sources. Some of them I subscribe to at reasonable rates. The following are my main sources for news, articles, commentary, essays, and other information. Very often in reading something I'll explore an embedded link to an additional source. But these are my day-to-day places. If you know and use others you think I might be interested in, please put them and their links in a comment. Thanks!
I initiated Owl & Ibis - A Confluence of Minds as a
private critical thinker club in mid-2013. On September 22, 2015 I made it
public as an open-to-all freethinker online forum and in-person gathering. In late 2017 I changed the forum for O&I posts and comments from a Facebook page to this blog.
Owl & Ibis - A Confluence of Minds is a secular, humanist, free-thinker
discussion group. There are no membership requirements and all are welcome.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:00PM. Meetings take place at Douté Counseling Services, 500 W. Lanier Ave, (Hwy 54W), Magnolia Office Park, Suite 508, Fayetteville, GA 30214. See the left sidebar (click on the three horizontal bar icon at upper left) for driving directions.
Discussion topics are drawn solely from
the natural sciences, social sciences, philosophy, history, and cultural
studies, including the sacred. Sacred topics have to do with the impact of
sacred beliefs and behaviors on t…
Zen Priest Reflects on the Origin of Religion The Origin of Religion A Sermon by James Ishmael Ford Patheos February 10, 2019 In
O&I’s treatment of this essay, this sermon, I am trying something
different. I have invited three friends with expertise in evolutionary
anthropology, economics, and sociology to comment and engage in a written
discussion. Of the three commenters/discussants, one has experience as a former
Christian theology student at a seminary and another as a former Christian cult
is hoped the three discussants’ comments will lead to a far-ranging discussion
about matters brought up in the sermon in the following areas: -The origin(s) of religion; -The validity of the claim that modern spiritualism is making
religion more universal and less culture-bound and tribal; -That universalist spiritualism may be the only hope for
Humankind’s survival; -The current and future relationship between our scientific understanding of material reality and the spiritual reality of r…