Feed Your Brain Lecture Series

Recurring Event
Recurs monthly on Sundays at 4:30 pm -
Location
Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Please join us at 4:30 p.m. on the third Sundays of every month for our FEED YOUR BRAIN programs.

These events feature fascinating authors, scholars, and luminaries from many fields that expand our knowledge and understanding of the world and the people who inhabit it. CFI's naturalistic approach to wisdom holds that there is no issue exempt from examination and discussion. Admission to these events is $8, or free for Friends of the Center, unless otherwise noted.

Held at the Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

1 block west of Newport and Harbor Blvd.

Please see upcoming lectures below.

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Upcoming:  

Jennifer Ouellette
Me, Myself, and Why: What Science Has to Say About Who We Are and How We Got This Way

Sunday, July 20
4:30 p.m.

To explore the mysteries of human identity, consciousness and behavior, author Jennifer Ouellette had her genome sequenced, her brain mapped, and her personality typed. She even sampled LSD. But what did she learn? The author of the new book, Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self, takes us on an illuminating trip into the science of ourselves and asks: What makes us individuals?

Ouellette is the author of three other popular science books: The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (2010); The Physics of the Buffyverse (2007); and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (2006). She also edited The Best Online Science Writing 2012.

She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, Discover, Nature, Scientific American, Physics Today, and New Scientist. Ouellette maintains a blog called Cocktail Party Physics at Scientific American, featuring her avatar alter ego/evil twin, Jen-Luc Piquant - and she is a co-host for Virtually Speaking Science, a weekly conversation with a prominent scientist or science writer hosted by the Exploratorium in Second Life and aired as a podcast by Blog Talk Radio.

Ouellette holds a black belt in jujitsu and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Caltech physicist Sean (M.) Carroll, who has spoken at the Center before about his books. 

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Greta Christina
Coming Out Atheist

Sunday, August 17
4:30 p.m.

Coming out is the most powerful political act that atheists can take. But coming out can be difficult and risky. What are some specific, practical nuts-and-bolts strategies atheists can use to come out of the closet, support each other in coming out, and make the atheist community a safer place in which to come out?

Author Greta Christina will discuss those strategies based on her new book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. She also will discuss what atheists can learn about coming out from the LGBT community and their decades of coming-out experience - and what they can learn from the important differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer?

Christina has been writing professionally since 1989 on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless. Her writing has appeared in many publications, and she is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Salon, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry magazines. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Godless Perverts, a performance series and social community that promotes a positive view of sexuality without religion. She lives in San Francisco and blogs on the Freethought Blogs network and is on Twitter at @GretaChristina. 

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Ed Buckner
Letter to a Christian Nation Free Country

Sunday, September 21
4:30 p.m.

The science deniers who seek to spread doubt about evolution, climate change and vaccines are not alone in the spreading of bogus information. A new breed of history deniers is rewriting the American story to fit their religion's agenda. Revisionists like former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee seek to reframe the Framers as good Christians seeking to create the newly United States of Jesus. So are we a Christian Nation since the U.S. is predominantly Christian? Are we then a female nation since we are 52.4% female? Does Christianity make the U.S. great?

Secular activists Ed Buckner and Jim Underdown will provide lively criticism on the revisionist arguments people - including the Supreme Court - use to evade the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Dr. Buckner is a longtime secular activist, former president of American Atheists, and past executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism. He's written a number of books, including Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America, and In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religous Liberty. Underdown is executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles and the founder of the Independent Investigations Group.

Both are planning a new book on this subject soon. 

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4