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.

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Upcoming Events

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New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 9th at the Caldera brewery and restaurant. Caldera is known for fine food and excellent hand-crafted beers and ales.
Scientists and Psychics: Why Competent Scientists Become Completely Incompetent When Testing Psychics Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:00pm Nationally-known magician and skeptic, Dr. Ray Hyman, will speak Monday, October 13th, 7-9 PM at ScienceWorks’ SciTheater to demonstrate how smart scientists can go badly astray when confronted with psychic claims. As a cognitive psychologist, Ray Hyman finds it fascinating to study the workings of mind by examining thinking at its best and at its worst. He focuses on scientists who both succeeded in their chosen field of science and lost their way when evaluating psychic assertions. ScienceWorks is located at 1500 E. Main St. in Ashland. Students free, others $10.
Salon: Ada Lovelace “Enchantress of Numbers” Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:00pm Come celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with historian, Victoria Law, who will be speaking about the important history of Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the first computer programmer . Ada Lovelace Day, established in 2009 has developed into an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year, it falls on Tuesday, October 14th but Victoria will be presenting this salon in conjunction with the RVUUF Humanist Group on Sunday, October 19th, from 2-4pm at the RVUUF Great Hall, 87 4th Street, Ashland. (Please note the change of date, time and location)
Book Group Discussion: "Age of Insight" by Eric Kandel (2012). first half Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present Vienna in about 1900 fostered unusual cross-disciplinary interaction between artists and scientists, leading to the first real thinking about the importance of the unconscious. Kandel traces these beginnings through to the present and the new neuroscience, including important discussions of the arts.
Freedom From Religion Foundation(FFRF) Annual Conference Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:00am Freedom from Religion Foundation Annual Conference will be in Los Angeles, CA, Friday, October 24 to Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Brain Books group: "Age Of Insight" discussion continues Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:30pm The Age of Insight by Eric Kandel (2012). Brain books group is discussing this book both in September and October, since it is a good, long 500-page read. This group meets in the Ashland Public Library at 1:30, and is open to all.
"Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible" Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:00pm “Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible” - IS every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where’s MY concubines? David Fitzgerald will be discussing these and many other important biblical morality questions (Please be advised that this talk gets a little racy & contains strong language). David Fitzgerald has been called both “The Ferris Bueller of San Francisco” and “one of the busiest Atheist activists in the Bay Area.” A former Southern Baptist, he had a secular epiphany in his 20's and is now Action Coordinator for San Francisco Atheists and on the national speaker's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry. He is also co-founder/director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!" and (with Greta Christina) the Godless Perverts Story Hour. PLEASE NOTE: This salon will be at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

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.
  • 10/13/2014 - 7:00pm

    Nationally-known magician and skeptic, Dr. Ray Hyman, will speak Monday, October 13th, 7-9 PM at ScienceWorks’ SciTheater to demonstrate how smart scientists can go badly astray when confronted with psychic claims. As a cognitive psychologist, Ray Hyman finds it fascinating to study the workings of mind by examining thinking at its best and at its worst. He focuses on scientists who both succeeded in their chosen field of science and lost their way when evaluating psychic assertions. ScienceWorks is located at 1500 E. Main St. in Ashland. Students free, others $10.


Salon

  • 10/19/2014 - 2:00pm

    Come celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with historian, Victoria Law, who will be speaking about the important history of Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the first computer programmer . Ada Lovelace Day, established in 2009 has developed into an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year, it falls on Tuesday, October 14th but Victoria will be presenting this salon in conjunction with the RVUUF Humanist Group on Sunday, October 19th, from 2-4pm at the RVUUF Great Hall, 87 4th Street, Ashland. (Please note the change of date, time and location)

  • 11/09/2014 - 4:00pm

    “Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible” - IS every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where’s MY concubines? David Fitzgerald will be discussing these and many other important biblical morality questions (Please be advised that this talk gets a little racy & contains strong language). David Fitzgerald has been called both “The Ferris Bueller of San Francisco” and “one of the busiest Atheist activists in the Bay Area.” A former Southern Baptist, he had a secular epiphany in his 20's and is now Action Coordinator for San Francisco Atheists and on the national speaker's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry. He is also co-founder/director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!" and (with Greta Christina) the Godless Perverts Story Hour. PLEASE NOTE: This salon will be at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.


Book Group

  • 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

    Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present Vienna in about 1900 fostered unusual cross-disciplinary interaction between artists and scientists, leading to the first real thinking about the importance of the unconscious. Kandel traces these beginnings through to the present and the new neuroscience, including important discussions of the arts.


New Scientist

  • 10/09/2014 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 9th at the Caldera brewery and restaurant. Caldera is known for fine food and excellent hand-crafted beers and ales. The restaurant is located just off Hwy 5, exit 14, at 590 Clover Lane in Ashland. Please join us if you enjoy talking about science, both the latest news and broader issues in science and society, while enjoying your favorite beverage and nibbles.

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