Taboo topics are topics we cannot talk about or allow because they evoke emotions we as a culture don't want to feel or acknowledge. Examples of these are war violence, rape, addiction, gender issues, shame, mental illness, etc. Laura Mappin believes that being able to fully discuss and address taboo subjects is one of our culture's immune responses for a saner world. She believes that taboos of this sort make our society weaker and ripe for takeover by those who can exploit these taboos. Laura has constructed a graph that illustrates her points. Can this diagram help humanists communicate what we're about?
The first part of this talk will introduce a diagram relating taboo topics and the health of society.
The rest of the time will be a facilitated discussion about whether this makes sense to you from your own humanist perspective and whether this graph is a useful mechanism to put forth humanist concepts.
Laura Mappin is an artist working to shine light on all taboo subjects that cause undue hardship on a few just because of others' attitudes. She has BS degrees in Computer Science and Math and now applies that education graphing taboos and human behavior and creating art that lightly laughs at our predicament.
***For those who want to keep the discussion going...many members like to go to Dolores Cafe after BAH events. Please join us!***
Sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists