|Sent on:||Sunday, July 1, 2012 7:50 PM|
Humanist Philosophy Forum: Discuss Humanist Manifesto III, 2nd & 4th Sundays, scheduled to occur on Sunday, July 8,[masked]:00 AM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.
The meeting is being rescheduled for Monday, July 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at New Season's Market at Cedar Hills Crossing (the mall) on Cedar Hills Blvd. in Beaverton.
I want to take this time to also clarify what has been happening in the meeting so far. We are in the first phase of three phases of the meeting. This first phase is more like committee work and is appropriate primarily for people well acquainted with Humanist Manifesto III and considering themselves Humanists. In Phase I, we are trying to consolidate HM-III down to a set of statements of core values from which HM-III could be derived. We are not trying to re-write HM-III. These core values will be a key tool used in the next two phases. At this point, we have finished two core values statements and are now working on what will likely be the last one. I will announce when we are finished and ready to move on to Phase II.
Phase II will involve taking the core values for a "test drive" by reviewing HM-III line by line and documenting how each statement can be derived from the set of core values. If we feel something in HM-III cannot be derived from these core values, we will consider revising what we have or adding additional core value statements. We will also use this time to critique HM-III and to talk about what important consequences of the core values might be added to a future version (should the AHA decide to issue one). This phase, as well as Phase III, should be useful to those new to Humanism and interested in learning more.
Phase III will be the long-term mode of operation of the meeting. In it we will choose any of a wide range of topics in the realm of societal or personal life and discuss them in terms of the core values of Humanism.
Each of the above phases will be very different, so if you've attended one and didn't like it, be sure to attend a meeting in the other phases of group development. If you are an HGP member, you can read meeting summaries by registering for the HGP website Member area and going to the "Forums" under "Humanist Philosophy". In this forum you can also contribute your own ideas and critique what has been done to-date. At some point we will be documenting and publishing on the HGP web-site a "living document" that represents a summary of what this discussion group has produced. This document will be available for viewing by the general public.
If you have further questions, you can email me through the Contact Us link on Meetup.