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Polarity and Compromise in Relationships and Society
In this event we will discuss how human evolution, history, and the structure of the modern world impact our inter-personal and other relationships and how we might deal with the tumult and polarity of our lives and our institutions. The event is free. The Meetup groups "Bay Area Philosophy Group" ( and "North Bay World of Ideas" both have meetups scheduled for this session. Please be sure to RSVP "Yes" at one of the sites, if you are planning to attend. Those who wish, are welcome to bring non-messy finger snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages to share. This event is not suitable for children or pets (other than service animals for the disabled). Please arrive a few minutes early (socialize, if you wish) or, at the latest, by 2:30 p.m.. You're welcome to leave quietly whenever you wish (preferably at the break or the end of the event). We hope you'll attend, but if you do need to cancel an RSVP, we ask that you please do so as soon as you know you will not be attending—if at all possible, at least 48 hours before the event. See you then, Steve

Sebastopol Regional Library

7140 Bodega Ave · Sebastopol


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    What we're about

    Have you ever considered how humanity's past affects our present and what that means for our future? Would you like to?

    Each of these events is not a "lecture", but a "pot-luck of ideas". So we're all invited to contribute, but you don't have to be an expert to be welcome, participate, and enjoy the fellowship of thoughtful people who all agree to be open to divergent ideas and treat each other with respect.

    The events explore the world of ideas, in the broadest sense, including: human evolution, paleoanthropology, and anthropology; evolutionary psychology, brain science, and psychology; mythology, eastern thought, religion, and philosophy; sociology; public policy; history and pre-history; cosmology and the sciences; and the arts and humanities, to name a few. Of special interest are the interconnections among all fields of knowledge and tracing questions about the present and future back to root causes in our past and in who we really are as human beings. Ideally that approach can help us develop constructive, practical approaches we can build into our lives.

    Examples of past and future session topics include:

    * The Nature of Paradoxes (in history, art, comedy, religion, Zen, etc.)

    * Eric Fromm's The Art of Loving

    * Emotional and Social Intelligence (brain science and the Goleman books)

    * Rationality, Ego, Self, and Wisdom

    * Major Turning Points in Human Evolution and Society

    * Hunter-Gatherers, Communities, and Agriculture

    * Polarity and Compromise in Relationships and Society

    * The Roots of Greed and the Lust for Power

    * Should We Trust Science?

    The events are free; however, we ask that you register in advance on this website. If you do need to cancel an RSVP, please do so as soon as you know you will not be attending—preferably at least 48 hours before the event.

    More information is available in our flyer at .

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