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The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

For more information please see our website: humanistsociety.net

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"What Today's Fighters Against Fake News Can Learn from Darwin's Apostles."

When Darwin finally published The Origin of Species in 1859, there was no guarantee that the grand theory of natural selection would become one of the most valuable ideas impacting biology and our modernity. It was so controversial that some disapproving scientists, many in the Church, and powerful others worked to stop it from becoming known and accepted. Dr. Abby Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University. She is a Senior Lecturer who teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College. Many years ago, she realized that science denial is a political issue, not a scientific one. With this in mind, she realized that what we need are political-style arguments in defense of good science. Her presentations contain bulletproof science, but are short, easy to understand, and easy to repeat. She uses humor to puncture bad arguments. She is the author of The Not-So-Intelligent Designer—Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. She has contributed chapters to the books Christianity in the Light of Science, and Women v. Religion, and articles to The American Biology Teacher, The Humanist, and the American Rationalist. She has submitted a bill to the Massachusetts legislature that protects fact-based science education. Abby Hafer is a co-author of Darwin’s Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues. This program will take place online, Sunday, August 9th, at 1 PM. Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail. IF YOU ARE NOT A CURRENT PAID MEMBER OF CDHS, YOU MAY REQUEST AN INVITE/LINK TO THE PROGRAM BY SENDING AN E MAIL TO: [masked]. You may share the link with family/friends. The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism. CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

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