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The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), Connecticut, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community. Check out our website at HFFCCT.org (http://hffcct.org).

Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, or dogma.

Our bywords are Reason and Compassion. We look for evidence as the basis of our beliefs about the world, and we embody compassion as our approach to others. We seek:

1. To provide a forum for mutual and public education,

2. To promote critical thinking and the separation of government and religion, and to stand up for humanist values as citizens,

3. To form a warm, welcoming and supportive community of thoughtful people.

We welcome all who wish to participate. Also, visit our Facebook Page! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/humanistsandfreethinkersoffairfieldcounty)

Click here to learn about membership in HFFC. (http://hffcct.org)

HFFC is an IRS-recognized 501(c )(3 ) educational organization. Membership contributions are tax-deductible. HFFC is an independent chapter of the American Humanist Association.

Contact for answers to questions, information, and membership forms: Cary Shaw, (203)849-8978, hffc@optimum.net

Click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. (https://mailchi.mp/c586b98290cd/hffc-newsletter-signup)

HFFC Board of Directors (aka Steering Committee):

President: Cary Shaw

Vice President: John Levin

Secretary: Amy Ewing

Treasurer: Cary Shaw

Program Director: Anita Peters

Membership: Cary Shaw, All Board of Directors

Technology: George Unser

Program Development: Fred Cunningham

Outreach: John Levin

At-Large: Paul Roszko

Newsletter: George Unser

Social Action: John Levin, Amy Ewing, Jim Russell

Key Players:

Cathleen Costello: Sunshine

Ann Stamler: Membership Support, Welcome/Registration with Amy Ewing and Lori Tanner

Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

HFFC Books Et Cetera: Manny Ratafia

Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

Communications Committee: George Unser, Cary Shaw, Amy Ewing, Paul Roszko

Upcoming events (5)

HFFC Books Et Cetera—Shoshana Zuboff—“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism"

For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will be discussing audio and video selections with Shoshana Zuboff discussing her book “The age of surveillance capitalism : the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power”. All participants are expected to have listened to and viewed the selections in advance of our discussion. Reading the book is optional. To receive links to the selections and to be added to the HFFC Books Et Cetera e-mail list, contact Manny Ratafia at [masked] (manny at ratafias.com) (substitute at symbol for word at). The Zoom invitation will be sent to this e-mail list shortly before our meeting. We will meet online on Sunday, January 24 from 1pm to 3pm. Notable book of the year—The New York Times "...masterwork of original thinking and research...groundbreaking, magisterial, alarming...unmissable."—Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year—Sunday Times (UK) One of the best 100 books of the 21st century—The Guardian "An intensively researched, engagingly written chronicle of surveillance capitalism's origins and its deleterious prospects for our society... This is the rare book that we should trust to lead us down the long hard road of understanding."―Jacob Silverman in The New York Times Book Review "...brilliant and essential..."―Robert Reich Selected by Barack Obama, Zadie Smith (in the Wall Street Journal), Jia Tolentino (in the New Yorker), Elif Shafak (in the Guardian), and Ana Botin (in Bloomberg) as one of the best books of 2019 Shoshana Zuboff is Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School. She received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. On September 25, 2020, she was named as one of the 25 members of the "Real Facebook Oversight Board", an independent monitoring group over Facebook. Recent and upcoming discussions of HFFC Books Et Cetera are: “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson 2/15/20 “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover 3/28/2020 (online) “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari and videos of Harari discussing this book 4/25/2020 (online) “The Devil’s Disciple” by George Bernard Shaw (reading) 5/30/2020 (online) “I Am Not Your Negro” 6/27/2020 (online) “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu 7/25/2020 (online) “The Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe 9/6/2020 (online) “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee 10/25/2020 (online) “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond 11/22/2020 (online) "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami 12/27/2020 (online) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shoshana Zuboff audio and video selections discussing her book “The age of surveillance capitalism : the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power”— 1/24/2021 (online) “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante (online) Robert Cialdini book TBD (either “Influence : the psychology of persuasion” or “Pre-suasion : a revolutionary way to influence and persuade”) (online) “ Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance (online) “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom plus videos related to this book (online) Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Happy reading! Manny Ratafia [masked] (manny at ratafias.com) (substitute at symbol for word at).

HFFC Science Readers

FOR members and first-time attendees

Meeting opens at 6:30 pm Discussion 7:00 pm The articles for this discussion will be sent to those who request them about a week before the meeting. What’s the latest in scientific thinking? What does it mean for us? What do we think of it? Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Contact Ruth Light at ruthlight1 at comcast.net (substitute at symbol for word at) to get information on the group and this month's readings. Led by Ruth Light, M.D. Let's discuss a topic in science, learn and have fun.

Lowdown on CT Legislature with Sen. Gary Winfield, Chief Deputy Majority Leader

Senator Winfield of New Haven and West Haven is on the Judiciary Committee and been very active on many of the social justice issues in CT . He is also an advocate for legalizing marijuana. In addition to being Chief Deputy Majority Leader and Co-Chair of Judiciary Committee, he is also a member of the Appropriations; Education; Public Safety and Security Committees. Register to get link to meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeCuqj8rHtNpx1PtaHZXXxbs1I0iK8pl

Darwin Day CT 2021 Celebration - Free and Online

Online event

What’s a great way to celebrate science, nature, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge of the natural world? Darwin Day is an international and national celebration of science held on or around Charles Darwin’s February 12th birthday. The public is invited to join the CT statewide celebration of Darwin Day In a FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Event held on Friday February 19 at 7:00 PM thanks to the Connecticut Coalition of Reason and others. To get link to the meeting, Register early at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufuurrjItE9e_nhShlcT9iam9NsbqJmmI Like and share the FaceBook page DarwinDayCT2021. For more information contact Anita Peters [masked]. James Prosek, internationally acclaimed artist, author, naturalist, conservationist, and Connecticut native will be the evening’s speaker. He will guide us on "The Nature of Reproducing Nature: From Drawing to Naming to Mimicry.” Prosek is a unique visual artist who is building bridges between the worlds of natural science and the arts. His art has been shown in galleries and museums around the U.S. and world including The Royal Academy of Arts in London, the National Academy of Sciences in D.C. Live Q&A will immediately follow his presentation. This year’s online event will also include audience participation in a challenging and entertaining science quiz. DarwinDayCT2021 is sponsored by: The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, Bruce Museum, Earthplace, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, UConn Department of Marine Sciences, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, American Humanist Association, Congregation of Humanistic Judaism, CT Coalition of Reason, Hartford Area Humanists, Humanist Association of CT, Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Unitarian Church at Westport, Unitarian Society of New Haven Dept. of Adult Religious Education, Wilton Quaker Meeting. The CT Darwin Day Dinner will not be held this year due to Covid concerns.

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