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Do you call yourself an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, humanist, naturalist, or other related label, but suspect there's something more to it than simple disbelief in traditional notions of gods?

Philosophical naturalism describes a worldview in which nature comprises the whole of reality, and which rejects supernatural explanations as unnecessary. Self identified naturalists may be nominal or religious, the primary difference being that religious naturalists, as Loyal Rue wrote, "take ultimate concerns to heart." That is, we affirm that a naturalistic worldview infuses our orientation to reality with value and existential meaning.  In practice naturalism often implies an atheistic worldview, though many naturalists prefer other identity labels or no labels. 

Let us get together on a regular schedule to share treats and drinks, talk books and philosophy, babies and bathwaters, sacred and profane, epistemology, ontology, cosmology, community, politics, religion, science, consciousness, atheism, pantheism, panpsychism, physics, ethics, morality, ritual, meaning, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Let us read together, study together, write together.  Let us build a self-directed, local community of whatever size exists here in the Seattle area, set some goals for ourselves and do the happy work of personal wholeness and social cohesion.

Ideally we should build a diverse community of women and men in all the lovely ways humans can be diverse: cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities, social and economic demographics, political leanings and such.  It's through diversity that reality renews and perpetuates itself, and it's through diversity that we can learn and grow, that we may explore the depths and complexities of life in this amazing interval between the low- and high-entropy states of the universe. 

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  • Dec 13, 2016 · 6:00 PM

    Potluck Meet & Greet

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    Update: I've secured a location for our first potluck meet & greet: The Montlake Community Center at 1618 E Calhoun St. in the Montlake neighborhood.  There's parking... Learn more

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    David S. For more information about Naturalism and Religious Naturalism, I recommend the following resources. Links: Naturalism.org [url=http://rel­igious-naturali­st-association.­org/]Religious Naturalist Association[/ur­l...
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    December 14
    Lucia

    "I wanted to attend, but a flat tire threw off my whole day and I had to be with my young baby at 6. I really hope to make it to the next meetup."

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    "Hello everyone!  Lee and I met for the potluck tonight, discussed some of the reasons for creating the group and its goals, and came up with the structure for the next meetup...."

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