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Potluck and Talk on Happiness and Public Policy

  • Aug 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Reimers/Beck Home

You are invited to a joint event of Richmond Humanists and Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association.  The event will start at 6 p.m. with a potluck.  The attendance for the potluck is limited to 20 people, and you must RSVP to attend.  Richmond Humanists, via Mark Reimers, will accept a maximum of 10.  RRNA will accept a maximum of 10.  If you RSVP before the cutoff, please bring a dish to share.

The second part of the evening is a talk and discussion led by RRNA President Bryan Tunnell.  You do not have to RSVP to attend this portion of the evening.  It starts at 7:15.

Both parts will take place at Mark Reimers' place at 1103 Sunset Ave., which is one block west of the intersection of Blanton Ave. and Garrett Street.  Bring a lawn chair if you can, because we may have the talk/discussion outside.

The talk/discussion topic:  “Happiness and Public Policy”

Some argue that the ideal ethical aim is the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.  What if voters and governments acted on this ethic?  Would other values that many hold dear, such as freedom, right to property, and being wealthy, become less important?  This talk considers what recent social science research on happiness might say to those who wish to promote happiness in the world through better government.  There will be time for group discussion and feedback on the subject, and, if you want, discussion on the subject of happiness in general.

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