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Darwin, Evolution and Humanism

In honor of Charles Darwin's birthday we will discuss the implications of human evolution on the goals of humanism.

The world changed forever 153 years ago, when Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species.  This scientific theory provided naturalistic philosophies, such as humanism, with a narrative of human origins which demolished the Judeo-Christian myth of creation.  Humanism is concerned with understanding the universe from a naturalistic perspective, but it is also concerned with how, we as humans, can live good, happy lives and construct societies that are good and just.  What does evolution have to say about human nature and what are the implications for humanism?


We will view brief videos depicting human evolution and then discuss our views about evolution and its implications for humanity.  The discussion will be initiated by Jim Barnett, Ph.D.  Jim obtained his degree in the biological sciences and is interested in understanding human behavior in the context of evolution.


We’ll meet at a nearby coffee shop or restaurant to get to know each other a little better after the discussion.


Sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists.  Everyone is welcome.


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  • Tom B.

    I thought it was a good meetup with different angles on good topics.

    February 10, 2013

  • Alana S.

    For me, the value of the meet-up was to meet other humanists from an array of age groups and ethnicities, and to have met Vanessa and Jim who are both studying at the Humanist Institute and who want to build community. I was already familiar with the material presented and discussed.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good, but I have a prior commitment.

    February 8, 2013

  • manuel m.

    will invite one

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town, so unfortunately I'll have to miss this. I'll look forward to the next meeting and I hope we can do coffee after that one, too!

    February 7, 2013

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