UPDATE 12/5: Our scheduled Speaker, John Shook, sends his apologies for being unable to make this event due to health issues. THE EVENT IS STILL GOING AHEAD, and with a similar topic...
HUMAN NATURE FROM A SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE
This is the first of two talks on the struggle for control over the meaning of the concept Human Nature by religion, philosophy, political ideologues and power elites.
In this first talk, Graham Bell shows how the theory of Evolution by Natural Selection gradually provided a unifying principle for biology. However, Darwin’s inability to provide a mechanism for biological altruism and social cooperation left, and in the minds of some still leaves, a theory weighted heavily towards individual competition, individual acquisition and ‘the devil take the hindmost’.
In C20 this allowed an opportunistic self-serving misapplication of evolutionary theory to mankind by power elites with tragic consequences for millions of people. Furthermore, lack of experimental evidence to resolve the nature/nurture debate permitted the century to be dominated by two systems of psychology now discredited by the scientific community.
The 1960s genetic explanation of altruism led to a new gene-centred synthesis in evolutionary theory, providing psychology with a unifying principle supported by ever increasing evidence and leading to a better understanding of what it means to be human. The presentation concludes with the ‘Story of the 5 Puppies’ to open up a general discussion on what you think is the nature of Human Nature.
Next month’s talk will present a naturalistic view of human nature and will explore how relevant it is to talk about two human natures - one female, the other male.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Graham Bell is a retired Physics teacher and a regular speaker for many Nontheist Organisations. His previous talks for us have been very popular and we're delighted to welcome him as speaker for this pair of events ( May and June).
Graham is part of LAAG's organisers' Team.
£5 non members/ non RSVP'd
£3 LAAG/CLHG members, £2 NUS (RSVP'd)
People who are no shows more than twice in a year (From Sep 13) will not be eligible for discount, so please update RSVP's ;-)
RSVP facility will close automatically, at 17:00 on the day of the event. ★★ If you have a genuine issue after that time, or are a 'maybe' for some reason, just comment in the boxes below & that'll be just fine.
This is guide only & we won't be draconican, but it is a csmall ourtesy that we do ask for to help with seating etc, especially as these events are often fully booked __________________________________________________
19:00- 19:20 General arrival upstairs (please get drinks and order any food DOWNSTAIRS first)
19:30 Discussion /Talk starts PROMPTLY, till latest 21:30 (but flexible)
Social time, drinks & nibbles, till 22:30
Feel free to add your own questions or comments in the comments boxes below (these comments boxes are for pre and post event discussion TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEETUP - please use the forum to start discussions about anything else)
These midweek events are structured talks/debates/discussions, they are nevertheless fairly informal. Feel free to order food (it will be brought upstairs for you) ...it's classic pub food and pretty good we've been told: MENU HERE).
We start the discussion promptly at 19:30. As a courtesy to others, please try to turn up by 19:20 ... if at all possible :-) If a late arrival can't be helped, no worries, just come in quietly :-)
The usual end time for discussion is around 21:30pm, Followed by social drinks and chat till close at 22:45 (This is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion)
The meetup fee either goes towards costs of running the group and our activism.