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, 04/09/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday April 9th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:00pm Freedom from Religion Foundation co-President Dan Barker will speak about meaning for atheists at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way in Ashland, at 4-6 PM. NOTE change in date to Sunday, April 19th. Every thinking person wants to lead a life of meaning and purpose. Offering words of enrichment, emancipation, and inspiration, Dan Barker reminds us how millions of atheists lead happy, loving, moral, and purpose-filled lives without any need of a higher power.
Book Group: "A Skeptic's Guide to the Brain" Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:00pm “A skeptic’s Guide to the Brain: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot tell us about Ourselves,” by Robert Burton (2013).
Losing Faith in Faith Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:00pm Dan Barker speaks Monday April 20, 6-8pm Rogue River Room, main floor Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University. Dan, co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is a former evangelical preacher. He will talk about his personal journey, and that of many others, who have gone through the difficult transition from religious tradition to non-belief. Dan is a nationally known figure who has appeared with Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and many others. The event is free to students and the public, massive amounts of refreshments served.
Brain Books: "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon," by Daniel Dennett. Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:30pm Brain Books: "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon," by Daniel Dennett.
Self-Justifying Delusions: What the mind’s biases reveal about cheating, justice, love, war, memory—and the rest of life Tue, 05/05/2015 - 7:00pm Carol Tavris, co-author of 'Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)', speaks Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7-9 PM in the Rogue River Room at the Stevenson Union, SOU, Ashland OR. Dr. Tavris will present how we justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that are misguided or wrong, and the harms we may inflict on others—including those we love the most.

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

  • 04/19/2015 - 4:00pm

    Freedom from Religion Foundation co-President Dan Barker will speak about meaning for atheists at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way in Ashland, at 4-6 PM. NOTE change in date to Sunday, April 19th.

    Every thinking person wants to lead a life of meaning and purpose. Offering words of enrichment, emancipation, and inspiration, Dan Barker reminds us how millions of atheists lead happy, loving, moral, and purpose-filled lives without any need of a higher power.


Book Group

  • 04/20/2015 - 2:00pm

    “A skeptic’s Guide to the Brain: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot tell us about Ourselves,” by Robert Burton (2013). Some of the conclusions about brain/mind that are coming from modern neuroscience are genuine advances in our knowledge, but Burton shows that some are overreaching, wrong-headed, self-serving, or just plain ridiculous. He also has a vision of how to think about what the mind might be and how it works.


New Scientist

  • 04/09/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday April 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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