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1000 Indian Freethinkers Event: A Conversation With Tom Clark On Worldview Naturalism

Nirmukta has recently crossed the 1000 member mark on facebook, and our team has decided that its time to celebrate by hosting an online event! This event will be held on Saturday, the third of July, at 7:00 PM, IST. All you will need to participate in the event is to go to http://tinychat.com/nirmukta at the scheduled time and sign in using twitter or facebook connect.

Tom Clark, director of the Center for Naturalism, will speak to us live on the influence of worldview naturalism. He is the the author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and its Uses, and has written various papers and articles on the influence of the naturalistic worldview on our lives. You can read more about Tom’s work at http://naturalism.org and on his blog at http://centerfornaturalism.blogspot.com/.

Go here for a Naturalism FAQ. Here is an excerpt:

Q. What is naturalism, anyway? And keep it straightforward!

A. Ok, naturalism is simply the understanding that there exists a single, natural, physical world or universe in which we are completely included. There are not two different worlds, the supernatural and natural. Since we are completely included in the natural world, there’s nothing supernatural about us. For instance, we don’t have immaterial souls that survive after death. We are fully physical, material creatures, and everything we are and do can be understood without supposing that we have souls, spirits, or any other sort of immaterial supernatural stuff inside us. Your thoughts, experiences, feelings, decisions, and behavior are all things your brain and body does. How they do all this is of course a very complicated story that’s still being discovered by science, but naturalism says there’s nothing non-physical involved. That the material world has produced creatures that are conscious, can reason, feel emotions, and ask questions is a pretty amazing fact. The “merely” physical isn’t so mere after all. Naturalism re-enchants the physical world.

During our conversation with Tom Clark we will explore some of the major implications of worldview naturalism on concepts such as god, religion, morality, justice, free-will, retribution, consciousness, etc. Since this will be a live streaming event, questions can be sent to us in real time through twitter and chat. Relevant questions from listeners will be selected and posed to Tom Clark throughout the entire duration of the event.

Date: Saturday, July 3rd, 2010, 7:00 PM, IST.

Venue: http://tinychat.com/nirmukta

Our twitter account: (for sending us your questions) http://twiter.com/nirmukta

RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120028841375938&index=1

Scroll below image for login instructions and known issues with tinychat.

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Login Instructions for Tinychat

1. Make sure your internet connection is the fastest you can get. If you are using wireless in India it may be a good idea to plug in.

2. Open your browser and go to http://tinychat.com/nirmukta

3. Wait till a bubble pops up asking you to login using twitter or facebook. Note: The room may only be available when an administrator is in it. If you do not see the room, please try again at the scheduled time.

4. Click on the facebook tab, and then on the Facebook-connect tab to sign in. Choose whether or not you wish to post your arrival as an update on facebook, and click OK.

5. Once you enter the room tinychat will pull up your facebook name and we’ll know who you are.

6. You DO NOT need to sign up for a tinychat account. If you do, however, tinychat will automatically create a separate room for you. You will still have to sign out of your account and log into the nirmukta room to participate in the discussion.

7. Do not broadcast video or audio. Use the text box to type in comments, greetings and questions.

8. Do not message the panelists while they are speaking. If you have a question you may message one of the moderators who will be among the audience. You may also directly type your question in the chat box.

Below are Some Known Issues with Tinychat

1. For slow connections the video and audio latency is very high. The feed can lag by as long as 6 – 10 seconds. We will try to space apart our statements by a few seconds, but there will be some overlap- different people around the world will receive the data at slightly different times.

2. Some may have had trouble signing in. Remember to wait till a few minutes before the scheduled time and then access the page. Remember to use facebook-connect to login. If you’re still having problems, try a different browser. Firefix and Chrome are good bets, but IE should work as well. For Mac users, Safari works pretty well.

3. If you’re behind a http proxy server you may not be able to access the chatroom on tinychat.com.

Join the Indian freethought community in the chat room on Saturday and lets celebrate science and reason!

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  • Good Ajita. With my slow connection and constant traveling I am sorry that I may not be able to join in but will try my best.

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