Tampa Humanist Association
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at
11.00 am Jimmie B. Keele Library, MAP
2902 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa, FL.
Look for the Tampa Humanist Assoc. sign.
Evolving a Humanist Ethic
With Virginia Kohl, Ph.D
Gin is a member of the Tampa Humanists Association board, a former executive director of the Humanists of Florida Association (HFA), and was author of the educational program of Carl Sagan Academy in east Tampa – the first Humanist charter school in the country.
She served on the HFA board in 2002, when that year’s conference, “Planting seeds for a more Humanistic world” included USF educational historian Sherman Dorn’s presentation on think tanks, which foreshadowed the creation of the Evolution Institute: At the recommendation of Ambassador to Nepal Carl Koon, then HFA President Jerry Lieberman contacted evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson in 2007, and within a year’s time, the Evolution Institute (EI) was created as a scientific think tank.
To date, EI has addressed social challenges from understanding early childhood learning and risky adolescent behavior to the “rational actor” model in behavioral economics, failed nation states, and ranking life quality.
Gin will primarily address quality of life (QOL), as introduced at the 2011 Memphis workshop and through the anticipated October 2013 conference in Oslo, Norway. She will contrast the lives of people in Memphis with those in Oslo, Norway, by utilizing various indices of Quality of Life
She will cite such instances where Norway is unique in meeting human needs. Whether or not the practices and policies of Norway can be applied and adopted to other nations is subject to reasonable and legitimate debate. What is not in contention is the track record of Norway in achieving universal recognition for its highest ranking in QOL by highly reputable sources.
Such instruments as The United Nations Human Development Index (UNHDI) has established a top-ranking for Norway when life quality issues are measured. Among the many parameters studied, the role of innovation was particularly intriguing. For some reason, the development of new industries that are less closely linked to natural resources, in spite of considerable support from public policy, has been much less successful in Norway.” This suggests that “high tech” does not always lead development, a fact that ambitious underdeveloped countries will find to be of value. This has important implications for the future of our world and the progress of humanity.
The Tampa Humanist Association is the only AHA Humanist group in Hillsborough County. This is a county of more than 1 million people. If statistical averages are correct, than at least 150,000 of those people do not support conventional institutions of religion. Currently, our roles do not number more than 20. I think we can agree that there is room for growth.
We experienced a major setback with the death of president and cofounder Rob Byrch, but with still enthusiastic members and board, and support from our sister organization, the Humanist Society of the Suncoast, we continue to offer the people of Tampa, a local Humanist option.
Join today, or renew your dues. Only $25/ year or $35 with the Happy Humanist pin. $5 more includes spouse + 2 pins.