The May 2012 meeting of the Humanists of Colorado features Kai Haswell, past president of the CSU student group Leaders in Free Thought, who will speak on the topic of animal rights. For the past two years, Kai has worked closely with Dr. Bernard Rollin, one of the foremost animal rights scholars in the country. Kai's current thesis work addresses the question of whether invertebrates, specifically insects, should be protected by anti-cruelty legislation.
Kai will discuss the challenges faced by the animal welfare movement, and specifically focus on the problems posed by the behaviorist movement. He will give a short overview of behaviorism (what it was and what it hoped to accomplish) and will argue that the theory, now widely discredited by scientists, still pervades modern thinking about consciousness and especially animal welfare. He will then discuss how humanist ethical theory relates to non-human animals and suggest a number of ways we might bring animals into the realm of moral consideration. Finally, Kai will offer a few modest suggestions on what steps we can take to improve the quality of life for other sentient creatures.
At 6:00 we will share a potluck dinner, with the talk to begin at 7:00. If attending the potluck, please bring a dish according to your last name:
A-B) Main Dish
C-D) Non-Alcoholic Beverage
K-R) Side Dish
S-Z) Main Dish
After hours: 9pm- ? Several members of the HOC meet afterwards to continue the discussions at the Bull & Bush, 4700 Cherry Creek South Dr. in Denver. Link: www.bullandbush.com