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3rd Sunday Lecture Series: A Little Bit of Freud

The third Sunday of every month we get together to take on a particular topic with a little more depth and length than our Saturday evening chats. This month we have a Humanist History Double Header: A little bit of Freud, a little bit of Ingersoll.

Our Community Service Coordinator Vicky Cortes will be going over Humanism in the work of Sigmund Freud. Freud had a lot to say on the workings of the mind and some stunning observations on religion in society and the human condition in relation to religion (Totem and Taboo, Future of an Illusion, and Civilization and Its Discontents). Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and for 30 minutes, Vicky will be showing you that sometimes underestimated religious and social commentary have long-reaching effects beyond the dusty books that bear their names.

As Sunday will mark the 180th birthday of Robert Green Ingersoll, it is good to reflect on his life and message. Susan Jacoby just published the Ingersoll biography The Great Agnostic, therefore it is time to look into the life of one of the shining stars in the pantheon of great Humanist and Freethought minds. Jason Frye will take about thirty minutes to review the life, the work, and the thoughts of one for whom we owe much, but hear too little of.

Though Freud is not without his faults and Ingersoll not without his underserved popular obscurity, both of these minds rocketed us forward intellectually and philosophically. Their stories and writing are riveting. We can learn much from them, and we will together.

As always the third Sunday meeting starts at six p.m. at the Joyce Beers Center. It is potluck as always, and please park on the underground level.


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