Secular Conversations

The Public is Welcome

Humanists of North Central Florida programs are offered monthly in collaboration with Master the Possibilities Lifelong Learning Center in Ocala, Florida.  Join the conversation on the third Saturday each month.

Freethinkers, including atheists, agnostics and others, participate in respectful dialogue, sharing ideas on a variety of subjects. Videos, essays, participants and guest speakers may be used to enhance topics. 


Ryan Cragun Speaking at Master the Possibilities at On Top of the World on September 15, 2018

Please look at coming events below and register.  

All talks are at 2:00 pm on Third Saturdays

At Master the Possibilities On Top of the World

Live Oak Hall

8413 SW 80th Street

Ocala, Florida 34481

Free Admittance for Residents of On Top of the World and Stone Creek

All others pay $5 registration fee at the door

Register online or at the door, or call (352) 861-9751.

March 16, 2019

Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Center 

Presented by Judy Wilson, Ph.D.

April 20 program to be announced

May 18, 2019 

Astronomy Saves the World: Securing our Future Through Exploration and Education

Presented by Daniel Batchelor, Ph.D.

Dr. Batcheldor will discuss his book by the same title which details the avoidable and unavoidable threats to our existence and provides the case for astronomy being part of everyone’s education. Our future is hopeless without a well-informed and cohesive global society. We all need the sense of wonder and cosmic humility that astronomy instills. Astronomy is the great educational motivator regardless of demographic, and it is rich with history, science, art, engineering, music, and mathematics. It is the lesson for all humankind. Astronomy can be the key to comprehensive emancipation via education and provide us a united path into the deep future.

Bio: Daniel Batcheldor  is the Head of Aerospace, Physics & Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology.  He holds a BSc (Honors) degree in Astronomy and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire. His research started with super-massive black holes and using the Hubble Space Telescope to examine how they may have played a role in the evolution of galaxies. He has been conducting research into the next generation of devices that are theoretically capable of imaging Earth-like planets around other stars, and has had his research flown on board the International Space Station. He is also conducting research into how we may be able to live of the land in space using the resources found on the moon and Mars.

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Past Secular Conversations

Ibram Kendi-MasterPoss

Ibram X Kendi, PhD discussing his 2016 National Book Award winning book, “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”

Hassan Shibly MasterPoss

Attorney Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American & Islamic Relations

Rev Leroy Chandler

The Rev. Leroy Chandler honors Juneteenth, in his presentation, “Slave Ships Emerge in American Cities.”