Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Disbeliever's Dialogue: Is Anatomy Destiny? Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!
What: Disbeliever's Dialogue: Is Anatomy Destiny? Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:00 PM
Where: Caribou Coffee - Roseville ACROSS FROM HAR MAR MALL
2111 Snelling Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55113
If you crave casual yet intelligent conversation about important issues with other nonbelievers, then join us at Caribou Coffee on Snelling Avenue North in St. Paul (across from the Har Mar Mall) on Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. This Meetup is organized around a topic, and you are invited to share your knowledge and ideas.
This month we will be discussing the questions of how and why we so often allow anatomy to determine our fate. As Dr. Alice Dreger (professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University) points out in her fascinating TED Talk (link below), conjoined twins and intersexed people are often subject to surgery and treatments not to improve health, but to "normalize" appearance. Our concept of "race" is determined by outward physical differences, and we share a history of accepting lineage ("royal blood") as a legitimate qualification for political power. While Dr. Dreger argues that our preoccupation with anatomy is necessary in some respects, it has implications we rarely consider for such topics as feminism, democracy, and our relationship to other species. Watch her presentation by clicking on the link below:
Other sources of information than this TED Talk are welcome, but if you skip the video you may feel left out of much of the conversation. Please watch—your twenty minutes will be well spent!
Questions will be provided to spur our meeting of minds, with your host moderating to be sure that everyone gets a chance to voice their opinions. We must limit attendance to no more than 14, so be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change. We have the meeting room until 9:00 p.m.
These Dialogues fill up fast, so don't delay if you'd like to reserve a spot!
Check it out!