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Humanism Study Group

  • Sep 30, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Private Residence

Humanist Study Group

Since Labor Day is on a Monday and the organizer (Greg) has free thought meetups on each Monday, we will move these meetings, including this one, down one week in the calendar.

The group is reading the book Forbidden Fruit by Paul Kurtz.  We only got through the Prologue last time, so this time we will read the Introduction and Part I which is only about about 50 pages. The forbidden fruit is the knowledge of good and evil and the book goes into ethics without God.  The first part of the book discusses ethics and morality in a general sense and then later gets into specific issues confronting humans and how secular humanists should handle the issues.

This group is devoted to the study of humanism and related topics including the sources of human ethics and morality, how the brain works, anthropology and sociology.

We meet at a private residence in an apartment complex, so do not park in spaces with numbers on then. Best parking, is the parking row near the tennis courts, but any parking space not numbered will work. The apartment is located off of a sidewalk behind the southern tier of buildings.

This is a potluck, so bring some food, snacks or drinks to share!

If you would like to suggest a topic or be put on an email distribution list and from time to time receive resource materials and reminders, send an email request to [masked] - PLEASE SPECIFY that you want on the Humanist Study Group list!

Also, note that many participants in this group do not reserve through this Meetup site. We generally have a pretty good group, so do not be dissuaded from attending if only a few have signed up here!

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    The book we begin tomorrow, Forbidden Fruit: the Ethics of Secularism is a book by Paul Kurtz, I always find Kurtz to be immensely inspiring, and it's a joy to be reading Forbidden Fruit again. For me, it's been about 20 years since I first read it, although I have opened it from time to time since then. He's not just an optimist, and he definitely is that. He does the work of a pragmatic philosopher, and gives us the philosophical ideas that it takes to make the future better than what a pessimist like me usually thinks it will be. Pessimism is my fatal flaw, I'm afraid. If only people paid more attention to ideas such as Kurtz's.... It's not just optimism(signified by another book title of his-The Courage to Become); it's normative ethics laid down in this book that can make the future brighter. He led by example, and tireless action. more in the next post, since I ran over the limit

    September 15, 2013

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