Welcome to the Jefferson Center

The Jefferson Center is a community of humanists, atheists, and freethinkers in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge and a secular world view. If you value fairness and clear thinking you are welcome to join us. We sponsor ongoing events, including public Lectures on history, philosophy, science and society, plus thought-provoking Salons, a book group, a science group, and social gatherings.

People who seek truth free of superstition will find good company here. Click for more

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Upcoming Events

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New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday, December 11th at our favorite winter location, Standing Stone brewery and restaurant.
"Are We Alone?" Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:00pm "Are We Alone?" For centuries men have looked to the skies and wondered if we were alone in the vast universe. Len Eisenberg, past president of The Jefferson Center, will examine the evidence for the likely presence, or absence, of multiple space-faring civilizations in our galaxy, and the implications for policy decisions here on Earth.
Book Group Discussion: "Nonsense on Stilts" by Massimo Pigliucci Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:00pm Nonsense on Stilts: How to tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci (2010) distinguishes between science, hard science, soft science, almost science, and pseudoscience, and presents a few case studies about current controversies over the nature and uses of science. Note change of date to third Monday at 2 pm
The Jefferson Center Winter Social Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm Save the date!!!...The Jefferson Center's Winter Social/Pot Luck Dinner will be on Sunday, December 21st, 5pm, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. This year we will be having a Fundraising Table raffle of items donated by members. We are asking for suitable items such as wine, antiques, handmade items or a service (nice things please). You may bring your item(s) to either of the upcoming Salons on November 9th (Community Center), December 14th (the Jefferson Center) or call Diana Spade (541-708-0403) or Dianne Lindow (541-482-3614) for information on where to drop off. Please tag item(s) with the following information: name of donator, name of item, brief description of item, and estimated value of item. Donations must be summited by December 14th. This will be a fun way to get some really special last minute Holiday gifts. Please contribute.

Lecture

Information about the current lecture (if one is scheduled within the next six weeks) is summarized here. For lectures that may be scheduled farther in the future, click here.

Salon

  • 12/14/2014 - 4:00pm

    "Are We Alone?" For centuries men have looked to the skies and wondered if we were alone in the vast universe. Len Eisenberg, past president of The Jefferson Center, will examine the evidence for the likely presence, or absence, of multiple space-faring civilizations in our galaxy, and the implications for policy decisions here on Earth.


Book Group

  • 12/15/2014 - 2:00pm

    Nonsense on Stilts: How to tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci (2010) distinguishes between science, hard science, soft science, almost science, and pseudoscience, and presents a few case studies about current controversies over the nature and uses of science. Note change of date to third Monday at 2 pm


New Scientist

  • 12/11/2014 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday, December 11th at our favorite winter location, Standing Stone brewery and restaurant. We will reserve the side dining room for the meeting. We welcome you to the group if you enjoy talking about science--both the latest news and broader issues in science and society--while enjoying your favorite beverages and nibbles. See you there!

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