Archive for May, 2009

TUES: Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Happiness and Contentment

WHEN:
TUESDAY, June 2, 2009 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
Chapter 6 Happiness and Contentment

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes is about basic errors in modern thought-how they
came about, their consequences, and how to avoid them.  Each month, we will
discuss one of the ten mistakes, what it is and how it relates to
Objectivism.  Does Objectivism make the mistake or solve the mistake?
The leader summarizes the chapter and leads the discussion.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-8707 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
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SAT May 16: Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God

WHEN:
SATURDAY, May 16, 2009 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Letting Go of God
Video Starring Julia Sweeney

DESCRIPTION:
Rob Kendt of the Los Angeles Times writes:
Religion is just too easy a target for mockery.  Seen from the outside, any
supernatural belief system can seem absurd.  You drink your God’s blood?  You
could be a gnat in your next life?  You can’t eat what?

Which is why Julia Sweeney’s brave, hilarious, ultimately moving new solo show
“Letting Go of God” is a gale-force breath of fresh air into the mostly
politic dialogue about religion in our time–which liberals of every faith
have largely ceded to fired-up fundamentalists.  The humbly sage Sweeney has
needling questions that can’t be swatted away with the laughing, lukewarm
tolerance we typically afford faith-based humor, as if to say: Gosh people
believe funny things, but don’t we all?

We shouldn’t laugh so dismissively, Sweeney insists, at others’ beliefs or our
own assunptions.  While she scores some easy, flawlessly deadpan laughs at
the expense of Mormonism, Deepak Chopra, astrology and Catholicism (the
tradition she says she was happily raised in) she is after much bigger game
than cheap disdain.  As she says to an imaginary God she’s at last parting
with near the show’s end: “It’s because I take you so seriously that I can’t
bring myself to believe in you.”

Looking very at home with herself, on a set dressed like a study rife with
religious books and artifacts, Sweeney delivers her monologue with her
trademark blend of ironic confidentiality and best-friend candor.

Believers of all stripes and intensities, as well as nonbelievers who may
scoff a little too facilely, will be challenged and disarmed with
stick-in-your-throat laughter by Sweeney’s utterly uncynical, blisteringly
honest testimony.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-8707 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.