Join Gloucester County Humanists for our regular monthly meeting, held on the third Sunday of each month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Gloucester County Library, 389 Wolfert Station Rd, Mullica Hill NJ. We meet in Conference Room C.
Discussion centers around Humanism, atheism, secularism, church-state separation, and other related topics. Meet your fellow local Humanists and help us plan GCH activities and events.
At our February 17 meeting, we will celebrate Darwin Day! International Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around February 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.
Why celebrate Darwin Day?
"At this juncture in history, the world has become so small and interdependent that we need a Global Celebration to promote a common bond among all people. The Darwin Day Celebration was founded on the premise that science, like music, is an international language that speaks to all people in very similar ways. While music is both intellectual and entertaining, science is our most reliable knowledge system, and it has been and continues to be acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Moreover, evolution via genetic variation and natural selection, introduced by Darwin, has become the central organizing principle in biology. In addition, evolution also plays a central role in astronomy and cosmology, where it refers to the way that stars, galaxies and the entire universe ‘change over time.’ To study biology while neglecting evolution would be like studying physics without Newton’s laws that govern the universe or chemistry without the periodic table. Clearly, Darwin himself has become an internationally acclaimed figure, whose influence on progressive modern thought continues to be both profound and pervasive (Ernst Mayr, Darwin’s Influence on Modern Thought, Scientific American, July 2000)."
Visit the Darwin Day website to learn more about International Darwin Day. You will find links to videos about Darwin, copies of proclamations issued by various municipalities recognizing Darwin Day, and an action alert to sign and send asking your elected officials to support Rush Holt's House Red 41, recognizing February 12 as International Darwin Day. There's a lot there, and GCH's February 17 meeting is scheduled on the page calendar!
GCH originally planned to have a speaker give us a presentation about South Jersey scientist Mary Treat, but we have rescheduled the Mary Treat talk for our next meeting on March 17. During our February meeting, feel free to bring in anything you wish to share with the group, such as books, magazines, or news articles.
GCH will also discuss our outreach to the Fairton Prison. The Warden has asked us to return to give the nontheists in the prison a sense of community, and more information about Humanism.