Our purpose is to discuss issues connected with science, religion, spirituality and community (without superstition, without "revelation") - above all, issues connected with the changing human condition in the world as we now understand it.
As traditional, religious world views have been progressively challenged and replaced by a modern, scientific understanding, societies, cultures and human identities have found themselves under stress -- like a stomach that has swallowed food it is unable to digest.
Presentations on relevant topics, followed by a question-and-answer period and then by an open, moderated discussion will be arranged and given about once a month.
Long ago, a Muslim thinker named Ibn Khaldun noticed that tribes and nations declined and died when they lost their sense of solidarity (assabiyah in Arabic). Today it's a cliche: Every group calls for solidarity in its membership; but in a global society, what we really need is human solidarity, and it's in short supply. So let's talk about it. What makes people willing to help each other, work together, struggle or fight together, die together if it comes to that? What is solidarity anyhow? With what or whom (if anyone) do you feel it? Why does social solidarity seem to be dwindling these days, just when we need it most? What could or should be done to make more of it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx4O84i37O0 (1 min)
https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/4zog78/durkheims_mechanical_and_organic_solidarity_what/ (10 min)