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Instead of our usual monthly meeting format with a guest speaker, Hartford Area Humanists will be hosting a Death Cafe' on Tuesday, February 26 at Wood-n-Tap in Rocky Hill. Death Cafés are part of a life affirming international movement to encourage people to gather in social settings and have honest and frank conversations about death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink may be ordered from the restaurant's menu.
Hartford Area Humanists' Book Discussion Group will next discuss "Doubt: A History - The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson" by Jennifer MIchael Hecht. In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as From Dawn To Decadence, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and A History of God, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking. This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos,' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning, This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Eastern critical wisdom, Roman stoicism, Jesus as a man of doubt, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian skeptics, secularism, the rise of science, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, and the existentialists. Due to the length of the book, we are dividing the discussion into two parts. We will discuss the Introduction and Chapters 1-5 on March 9. We will discuss the rest of the book at our April discussion. "Doubt" is on the shelf at public libraries througout the state. There is no charge for this event. Food is available at the diner off the menu at your discretion. Newbies are welcome. All attendees are strongly encouraged to read the book.
The Humanist Dinner Club: To Be Announced This month, we will discuss Participants are asked to do some preparation before the discussion. The total time required should be less than one hour. Please come by 6:30 pm so that we can all get our orders placed and start the conversation by 6:45. The meeting will end promptly at 8:30 pm Also, please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect - we divide the group up into smaller groups of about 6-8 participants to ensure that everyone gets a chance to participate.
Hartford Area Humanists next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, ________ at Wood-n-Tap in Rocky Hill. Join us for drinks and conversation at 6:30 pm. A member reading, a brief business meeting, dinner, and our guest speaker will all start at 7:00 pm. This month, our guest speaker will be