Every Saturday 6:00 PM
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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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Watch Videos of Previous Presentations
October 10th Meeting #292
Pandora's Box: The Dialectic Dance Revealed
- Social Engineering to Cultural Change
Dr. Marlene McMillan, author of books on Dialectic Process; how it is used to transform the way people think, will discuss: "What if what we think is 'free thought' is really manipulated and controlled through the definitions of words? What if instead of drawing our own conclusions the very agreements we've made with prescribed definitions predetermines the logical, rational conclusions we will arrive at?" She will also show how memes are "unseen but real" themes of thought that spread through culture like a virus, and how the same ideas appear "spontaneously" in the music, movies, news, talk shows, sit-coms of the day, masquerading as consensus opinion, thereby garnering uncritical acceptance. Dr. McMillan alleges that "Only 'the thinking few' stop to question a meme's source, or critically evaluate whether to embrace it or not," and further asks us to self-examine: "Are we now part of the thinking few?"
December 12th Meeting #299
A Christmas Whimsy: Argument on Stories and Legends of the Season
Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities, Mountain View College, will discuss the creation and evolution of the American Christmas. He will argue that the American Christmas is made of pieces both Christian and pagan, and is also a home-grown phenomenon that has no peer among holidays. Paul will show how an obscure Professor of Oriental Languages from New York City fundamentally changed the nature of our Christmas. He will discuss: "Who was Saint Nicholas and how he, the patron saint of pawnbrokers, become so important to Christmas? From where did Santa’s reindeer appear? What did Mexico add to our holiday celebration? Where did most Christmas carols originate? What Tioga, Texas PGK made a fortune from holiday song he hated? What Tacoma, Washington singing Catholic kid became the rage among German soldiers in WW II?", and "What Christmas opera has become the most performed opera of all-time, but it was not written until 1951?" Professor Benson will challenge our sense of who we are, and help us understand how we are what we are.
October 31st No Meeting
October 17th Meeting #293
Oahu Hawaii on a Shoestring Budget
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, and traveler extraordinaire, will discuss how Oahu Hawaii is unrivaled as a tourist sight in terms of friendly people, weather, healthy activities, historical sights, military museums, movie production sights, landscape views and unending motorless glider rides due to the thermals and continuing trade winds hitting the mountains on the windward side. He will argue and prove the point with over 100 beautiful pictorial Powerpoint screen presentations after having been to the island 36 times to include five times in attendance at The University of Hawaii at Manoa summer school.
October 24th Meeting #294
It is Well Past Time for Industrial Democracy
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London’s Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how, while the financial criminals on Wall Street are funding the mentally and morally deficient Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, it is time for wiser heads to do something positive for America. He alleges that rather than worrying about curtailing reproductive freedoms, perhaps the real problems of the USA should be addressed at long last. John will argue that globalization, financialization, privatization, labor arbitrage, and full blown laissez-faire have all contributed to putting an end to the "American Dream" - the greedy few have destroyed the hopes of the many. He contends that the American capitalist system has been warped into a self-destructive machine that has served to accelerate economic decline. John will show conclusively how industrial democracy recognizes that the fundamental strength of any country relies on the active contribution of all of the workforce. He will trace the origins of Industrial Democracy, provide European examples of how they operate in the modern world, and show succinctly what we need to do.
November 7th Meeting #295
Obama's Report Card
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how, with President Obama nearing the end of two terms, a report card on performance is in order. He will cover the Obama administration's triumphs and failures. The former includes Iran nuclear deal, the Affordable Care Act (well sort of) and the banks bailouts. The latter includes failure to get an infrastructure rebuild off the ground, not recognizing early on that the opposition had no intention of compromising on anything, and modeling himself after Eisenhower rather than FDR. Jim will cover more on why this was Obama’s most serious error, and what we can expect looking forward.
November 14th Meeting #296
Revisiting Common Sense Gun Regulation
George Nolan, President, Dallas, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others will discuss Common Sense Gun Regulation. George asks: “When is Enough, Enough?", and raises questions on our readiness to vote for sensible measures -- like expanding background checks for all gun purchases, reducing the size of high-capacity gun magazines, defining and banning assault weapons, and placing new restrictions on gun trafficking. George will argue that we'll be able to convince the Congress that it's more than time to do something about gun violence -- for the good of our nation, our families, and our children.