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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Networking with SOU Secular Student Alliance Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:00pm At the February 8th (4pm) Salon, SOU Secular Student Alliance members (SSA) will be our guests and we will be focusing on forming an ongoing relationship with them. Len Eisenberg as facilitator will lead a round robin discussion, discussing not only why they joined the SSA but also how they came to acquire their secular world view and how that view affects their interpersonal relationships. In addition, they are looking for a community action volunteer project to become involved with so if you have ideas for that please be willing to present that to them for consideration. This will be a fun salon as we endeavor to infuse some youth into our organization. NOTE THIS WILL BE AT PIONEER HALL.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 12th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Book Grp: "You are now Less Dumb" Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:00pm David McRaney wrote You are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob mentality, how to buy happiness, and all the other ways to outsmart yourself in Aug.
Brain Books: "The Moral Landscape" by Sam Harris Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:30pm The Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris (2010) presents Harris's view that issues of values need not be abandoned to religion or relativism; we ca
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 12th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.

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

  • 02/08/2015 - 4:00pm

    At the February 8th (4pm) Salon, SOU Secular Student Alliance members (SSA) will be our guests and we will be focusing on forming an ongoing relationship with them. Len Eisenberg as facilitator will lead a round robin discussion, discussing not only why they joined the SSA but also how they came to acquire their secular world view and how that view affects their interpersonal relationships. In addition, they are looking for a community action volunteer project to become involved with so if you have ideas for that please be willing to present that to them for consideration. This will be a fun salon as we endeavor to infuse some youth into our organization. NOTE THIS WILL BE AT PIONEER HALL.


Book Group

  • 02/16/2015 - 2:00pm

    David McRaney wrote You are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob mentality, how to buy happiness, and all the other ways to outsmart yourself in Aug. 2014, but it is inexpensive to purchase. He addresses self-delusion using results from many fields, including philosophy (logical fallacies) and brain science (biases and heuristics). His tone is not so much holier-than-thou, with less "We are smarter than all those other stupid people who don't believe what we believe." He thinks we all make mistakes and can learn together to think better.


New Scientist

  • 02/12/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 12th, 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!

  • 03/12/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 12th, 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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