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.