Humanists and Non Theists Monthly Potluck and Discussion
Topic: Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder
Sunday, May 6
In commemoration of Earth Day (belatedly), we will remember the contributions and inspiration of Rachel Carson. Rachel was a pioneering woman, becoming a scientist at a time when few women had this opportunity. One of our members, herself a woman of science, will lead the discussion. We will not focus on Rachel Carson’s best known book, Silent Spring, that jarred humanity out of its complacency about environmental pollution, but instead discuss her essay entitled Sense of Wonder.
As Rachel Carson put it, "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood". For many humanists and non theists, nature provides an important source of awe and wonder.
One reviewer says the essay “is a first step toward rediscovering that amazing sense of wonder within. … I have read it over and over. It is a treasure that will be enjoyed for years”. An audio recording of the essay will be played prior to our discussion.
As usual our potluck begins at 6:00 and the discussion starts at 6:30 in the Fireside Room. If you have ideas for future events or just want to know what’s coming up in future months, join us at 5:00 for the planning meeting. Everyone is welcome.