Next Meetup

Ethical Culture Book Club: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology
This Ethical Book Club, we'll be discussing "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked" by Adam Alter • All are welcome (though please read the book) • Please bring along at least one point for discussion • If you have chance, look over the list to help choose the next book http://ethicalsiliconvalley.org/ecssv-book-club/ Abstract: People have been addicted to substances for thousands of years, but for the past two decades, we’ve also been hooked on technologies, like Instagram, Netflix, Facebook, Fitbit, Twitter, and email—platforms we’ve adopted because we assume they’ll make our lives better. These inventions have profound upsides, but their appeal isn’t an accident. Technology companies and marketers have teams of engineers and researchers devoted to keeping us engaged. They know how to push our buttons, and how to coax us into using their products for hours, days, and weeks on end. Tracing addiction through history, Alter shows that we’re only just beginning to understand the epidemic of behavioral addiction gripping society. He takes us inside the human brain at the very moment we score points on a smartphone game, or see that someone has liked a photo we’ve posted on Instagram. But more than that, Alter heads the problem off at the pass, letting us know what we can do to step away from the screen. He lays out the options we have to address this problem before it truly consumes us. After all, who among us hasn't struggled to ignore the ding of a new email, the next episode in a TV series, or the desire to play a game just one more time?

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What we're about

We are a democratic fellowship for people seeking a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or non belief in a supreme being. We value the importance of living ethical, responsible, and socially connected lives.

Together, we do service projects that benefit the larger community, including cleaning up the Bay, food sorting, collecting items for the homeless, and helping disadvantaged families.

We welcome people from a variety of religious backgrounds. Some consider themselves humanists, atheists, or agnostics. Our emphasis is on what we DO to make the world a better place individually and together.

We discuss ethical dilemmas that arise in our lives, hold programs to learn about ourselves, each other, and the issues of the day. We seek to be fully engaged in the community and the world.

If you seek social events, social action and a socially-minded community, share your passion and join us!

For more information, visit our website at: ecssv.org (http://ecssv.org/)

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