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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
The Next Open Date is
or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
If you would like to speak, or simply would like more information about the College of Complexes, contact the Program Coordinators
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June 15th Meeting # 464
What Makes You Who You Are?
Dr. David S. Alkek, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, Clinical Professor, Dept. of Dermatology, UT Southwestern, will discuss understanding our own and others personality traits and reasons for behavior. He argues extensively that approximately 50% of the basis of our individual behavior is based on genetics and personality, and 50% is based on external factors such as culture, social condition, and particular situations. David concludes that this should help us better understand our own individual behavior, and better deal with the behavior of others.
June 8th Meeting # 463
Dr. Mike Ghouse, author, public speaker, pluralist, interfaith wedding officiant, and the executive director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC., will discuss how it is that a Muslim effort is ongoing in building a cohesive America, where each one of the 323 Million Americans feels secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual and political orientations. He points out that we are Americans, we are free and brave people, and have to live freely and jettison our apprehensions about each other. Mike advises that if you are a conservative, then grudgingly you'll see a value in it, and if you are a moderate, you'll dance with joy. His latest book paves the way for Muslims to own their mistakes, remedy them, and correct how Muslims are perceived by fellow Americans. Mike argues that Islam is not about Sharia, imposing your ideas or governing others, rather Islam is about living your life and letting others live theirs with freedom. It is a bold challenge to Muslims. He shows a narration from humanity's (Aalameen) perspective of the essence and purpose of Islam for the first time. Mike articulates, for the first time in Islamic history, twelve values of Islam that contribute to creating secure, orderly and cohesive societies. He concludes that the best way to combat Islamophobia is through education, engagement, and dialogue. Mike lays out a clear agenda to foster harmony among fellow Americans. It is akin to planting a seed and nurturing to give the beneficence to the next generation. This book will become a reference manual to teachers of Islam and knowledge seekers about Islam, as it is backed up verses from the Quran. You can order his book from Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Google, and other book stores. See the talking points at http://www.AmericanMuslimAgenda.com and Mike’s extensive profile appended at https://www.linkedin.com/inmikeghouse
June 1st Meeting # 462
On the Coming Stock Market Crash
Dr. Ravi Batra, Professor of Macro and International Economics, Southern Methodist University (SMU),will discuss how a coming Stock Market Crash is impending due to the fact that productivity keeps rising but wages do not, so the wage-productivity gap is now very high. He argues that as a result, profits have grown much faster than GDP (Gross Domestic Product), leading to a stock market bubble, which must crash simply because it is a bubble. Ravi concludes by pointing out that this type of scenario occurred before the start of the Great Depression and recently the Great Recession.
June 29th Meeting # 466
If you would like to speak contact the Program Coordinator Tom Berry
June 22nd Meeting # 465
Are You Being Treated Adequately for Your Brain Problems?
Dr. Daniel Herlihy D.O., and author, will discuss how we need to understand the status of brain health as we age. He will show that despite having two years of graduate-level study in microbiology, a medical degree and practice in family medicine, his car flew off an elevated highway with devastating consequence. Daniel sustained four surgeries, chronic pain, but worse, a diagnosis of dementia (92% disabled both physically and mentally) and going into Alzheimer's disease. He recounts how after his car accident, he survived with severe brain damage, many surgeries, and a service dog. As his body and mind were hijacked for years, he subsequently lost his house, job, wife, and identity. His memory was so affected he could not remember his address without looking at his driver's license. Further, even if just finishing a meal, he would eat another one having forgotten the first. Daniel went on to lose his cerebral cortex (the part of the brain making us human); his behavior became unstable and animal like much of the time. But what Daniel has regained is his unique voice as a scientist and a doctor. Further he has seen many advancements in his condition after eight years with his service dog. Daniel concludes having much to say from his perspective about the status of brain health as we age.