What we're about

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), Connecticut, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community.

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

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

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

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: John Levin, 646-221-9134, jlevin6@zoho.com

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: Candy Zarr, Les Martel

Technology: open

Program Development: Fred Cunningham

Outreach: John Levin

Newsletter: George Unser and Mitch Tilkin

Social Action: Amy Ewing, John Levin, Jim Russell

Key Players:

Ann Stamler: Membership Support

Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

Book Group: Manny Ratafia

Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

Communications Committee: Candice Zarr, George Unser, Mitch Tilkin, Cary Shaw

Upcoming events (5+)

HFFC Science Readers: Block Chain and Bitcoin Simplified, Clarified

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

Silver Star Restaurant, regular dining area, 6:30 social; 7:00 event. Talking to members, Ruth Light found a lot of enthusiasm about discussing block-chain and bitcoin as a follow-up to Craig Tomarkin’s presentation at general meeting of hffc. We will discuss Scientific American articles that are very clear, and can form the basis of a further discussion. To RSVP and obtain info including articles, email [masked] Subj: “Block chain”.

HFFC Books Et Cetera--“The Emperor of All Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

For the fourth meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Emperor of All Maladies : A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. We will meet at a home in Stamford on Sunday, February 10. We will gather at 1 pm and our meeting will end at around 4 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you will be attending. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings. This book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. "An elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science." the Pulitzer Prize Committee, quoted at https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/siddhartha-mukherjee Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

Storytelling: Building, Bridging, Connecting, by Storyteller Laconia Therrio

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Stories remind us more of what we have in common vis-à-vis our differences. From therapy to telling stories, people have opportunity to integrate common wisdom based on folklore and/or personal narrative. Something happens when you hear stories. You’re prompted to recall your own. Therrio has been a professional storyteller since 1993, and is a faculty member of Stamford Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

11 th Annual Darwin Day Dinner

Italian Center of Stamford

11 Years of Awesome Science and FUN! Dear Friends and Science Lovers: Please join us (and invite your friends to join us) for the11th Annual Darwin Day Dinner on Saturday, February 16, 2019! Joined us in prior years? This year's Celebration moves to a new location (attendance keeps growing!): The Italian Center in North Stamford, 1620 Newfield Avenue,Stamford, CT. The cost is the same as last year: only $64 per person ($69 if not received by February 6th). New to Darwin Day? Like (or love) Science? Interested in learning about evolutionary biology from an extraordinary researcher? Enjoy a great party? Then this event is for YOU, and you will LOVE IT! Get the offical invitation and register at www.darwindayct.org Please respond early. ______________________________________________________ “Nocturnal Emissions - Bioluminescence: A Survival Tactic” is the subject of the presentation by Dr. Mark Siddall, a researcher and Curator, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Siddall's research has focused principally on the biodiversity and evolutionary histories of parasites and related invertebrate organisms. The Annual Darwin Day Dinner event includes cocktail hour, dinner, science quiz (with prizes!), and will be held on Saturday evening, February 16, 2019, starting at 6 pm. AND: Science Quiz winners, besides prizes, will earn great fame, accolades and laurels -- one more reason the Annual Darwin Day Dinner remains THE best science party this side of the Kuiper Belt! As always, the event is open to the public, all are welcome, and everyone will go home smarter. Please forward this invitation to your friends! Finally, each year we invite local high school and junior college students who are passionate about science to join us for this celebration (and to help their tables with the Science Quiz!). Their attendance is paid for by attendees and committee benefactors. Please consider making a donation of any amount to facilitate this effort using the forms referenced above. Better: bring your own high school students! Contact John Levin - [masked] or[masked] with any questions or suggestions, or go to: www.DarwinDayCT.org.

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