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Ethical Culture Book Club: Technology and the Virtues
This Ethical Book Club, we'll be discussing "Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting" by Shannon Vallor. (If you don't have chance to read the whole thing, please concentrate on chapters 7--10) • 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: The 21st century offers a dizzying array of new technological developments: robots smart enough to take white collar jobs, social media tools that manage our most important relationships, ordinary objects that track, record, analyze and share every detail of our daily lives, and biomedical techniques with the potential to transform and enhance human minds and bodies to an unprecedented degree. Emerging technologies are reshaping our habits, practices, institutions, cultures and environments in increasingly rapid, complex and unpredictable ways that create profound risks and opportunities for human flourishing on a global scale. How can our future be protected in such challenging and uncertain conditions? How can we possibly improve the chances that the human family will not only live, but live well, into the 21st century and beyond? This book locates a key to that future in the distant past: specifically, in the philosophical traditions of virtue ethics developed by classical thinkers from Aristotle and Confucius to the Buddha. Each developed a way of seeking the good life that equips human beings with the moral and intellectual character to flourish even in the most unpredictable, complex and unstable situations--precisely where we find ourselves today.

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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.

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