Welcome to the Jefferson Center

We are a community of individuals in Southern Oregon dedicated to Jeffersonian ideals of rational inquiry and disciplined thought.

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge, seeking intellectual and moral awareness through the exchange of ideas and points of view. Many of our members are humanists, with a secular perspective. If you value freedom of thought with rigorous investigation you are welcome to join us. The Center hosts public lectures, salons, and other events supporting growth of its members and fostering improvement in the world.

Those who appreciate active learning and enjoy lively conversation will find good company here. Click for more


Upcoming Events

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Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Muslim Next Door" Mon, 01/23/2017 - 2:00pm The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (2008). January 16, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
"Brain Books" group discusses "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich" Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:30pm Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (2012).
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 9th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room. El Tapatio is located behind Ashland Motor Company at 1633 Hwy 99. 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. See you there!
JC Salon: Celebrate Evolution and Darwin's Birthday, February 12th at 4pm Sun, 02/12/2017 - 4:00pm To celebrate evolution and Darwin Day February 12, 2017, The Jefferson Center will host a public lecture by Len Eisenberg (at the Ashland Community Center) on evolution, followed by serving of delicious birthday cake to all attendees. Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite plant or animal! (full or partial costume, these do not have to be elaborate) Anyone so dressed will be awarded a free Evogeneao.com tee shirt, and best of such costumes will also receive a free Evogeneao.com hoodie! Please join The Jefferson Center in celebrating one of the great achievements of science and reason; that life on Earth is one big extended family! Len Eisenberg will present a short talk on "Evolution: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask" The two key lessons of evolutionary theory are that 1) that all life on Earth is related by descent with modification from common ancestors (in other words, life on Earth is one big extended family), and 2) natural selection is the primary driver of evolutionary change. These concepts are humorously illuminated by the use of Gary Larson cartoons, and the evidence for biological evolution is presented as answers to commonly voiced objections to evolution. For example, some people claim evolution is incompatible with religious belief vs. religious scientists who are prominent promoters of evolution. Another example shows claims that evolution has failed to confirm theory predictions vs. several predictions made by Charles Darwin that have been spectacularly confirmed. The last part of the talk briefly discusses how evolution might proceed in the future or on other planets. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions and comments before we devour the cake.
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "Faith No More" Mon, 02/20/2017 - 2:00pm Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman (2011, 2015). Based on in-depth interviews. February 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
"Brain Books" group discusses "What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought" Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:30pm What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith Stanovich (2009).

Bob Semes talk during the June 12, 2016 meeting.

The attached mp3 files were recorded by Olena Black during the meeting.


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

  • 02/12/2017 - 4:00pm

    To celebrate evolution and Darwin Day February 12, 2017, The Jefferson Center will host a public lecture by Len Eisenberg (at the Ashland Community Center) on evolution, followed by serving of delicious birthday cake to all attendees. Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite plant or animal! (full or partial costume, these do not have to be elaborate) Anyone so dressed will be awarded a free Evogeneao.com tee shirt, and best of such costumes will also receive a free Evogeneao.com hoodie! Please join The Jefferson Center in celebrating one of the great achievements of science and reason; that life on Earth is one big extended family!
    Len Eisenberg will present a short talk on "Evolution: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask"
    The two key lessons of evolutionary theory are that 1) that all life on Earth is related by descent with modification from common ancestors (in other words, life on Earth is one big extended family), and 2) natural selection is the primary driver of evolutionary change. These concepts are humorously illuminated by the use of Gary Larson cartoons, and the evidence for biological evolution is presented as answers to commonly voiced objections to evolution. For example, some people claim evolution is incompatible with religious belief vs. religious scientists who are prominent promoters of evolution. Another example shows claims that evolution has failed to confirm theory predictions vs. several predictions made by Charles Darwin that have been spectacularly confirmed. The last part of the talk briefly discusses how evolution might proceed in the future or on other planets. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions and comments before we devour the cake.


Book Group

  • 01/23/2017 - 2:00pm

    The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (2008).
    January 16, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

  • 02/20/2017 - 2:00pm

    Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman (2011, 2015). Based on in-depth interviews.
    February 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory


New Scientist

  • 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 9th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room. El Tapatio is located behind Ashland Motor Company at 1633 Hwy 99. 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. See you there!

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