It was a big step forward for humanity when it became recognized that human beings are natural, part of nature and not just placed in nature bu outside inytervention. As the Humanist Manifesto puts it, "Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change."
Charles Darwin's name is foremost in this respect, and this week we're celebrating his birthday. Darwin Day is rapidly becoming a major worldwide event - visit DarwinDay.org to see what's scheduled.
There is still some resistance to evolution from fundamentalists. But in 1952, the eminent geneticist Oscar Riddle wrote a book that caused a stir: "Unleashing Evolutionary Thought." That book has just been republished.
Oscar Riddle's nephew, George Riddle, is coming over from Arizona on Sunday 17th to speak to the Humanists' meeting about his uncle's work and his book. You're invited to come and meet him and discuss it.
We meet downtown, as always, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and these meetings usually last for 1.5 to 2 hours. There's free parking. We meet in the Wangenheim Room at the Public Library, 820 E St., corner of Eighth Avenue. Take the elevator to the third floor and turn right. There's never a charge or collection at these meetings.
This is the Library's rare books room. There are some interesting exhibits in the glass showcases in this room, such as some really old things, so come early and take a look. After the meeting, some people like to go eat together.
Call Susi if you have questions -[masked], mornings.
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego
Chapter of the American Humanist Association
P. O. Box 12163, San Diego CA[masked]Website: www.HFSD.info
E-mail: [address removed]
Telephones:[masked]--4159 (Susi);[masked] (voicemail)