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The Case for Optimism in the 21st Century
We'll examine reasons for optimism and pessimism in the present day by focusing on the long term trends. We'll make reference to Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Stephen Pinker. We'll also look at significant criticisms of this work. Carry In / Carry Out Policy Everyone is very welcome to bring a dish to share at our meetings. Coffee is provided. If you plan to drink or eat anything, please bring your own cup, plate and utensils.

Norwich Public Library

368 Main St · Norwich, VT

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The essence of humanism is this: we look to human experience (including the results of scientific inquiry), rather than divine revelation, for guidance on how to live well. So in making our life choices, we rely on scientific facts, and we listen to our own inner voice, to friends, and to wise men and women of all persuasions. For more on humanism, see the page "About Humanism (https://www.meetup.com/Upper-Valley-Humanists-Association/pages/22626222/About_humanism/)".

We are a group of people who enjoy seeing each other regularly, having a supportive fellowship, and learning together. Those who drop in for one event are always welcome; we hope some will stay and become friends. We have borrowed the motto of the international Sunday Assembly movement:

Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.

Our meetups fall into three classes. First, we have regular gatherings on the first and third Sunday of each month. These consist of potluck, sometimes a presentation, and discussion. The discussion may get somewhat philosophical at times, but there is always a pragmatic question at the heart of it. Second, we often participate/volunteer, as a group, with other organizations. Third, we like to have fun together, and many of our meetups are just about enjoying a good time with like-minded friends.

In our discussions all points of view are welcome; we require only that every participant be respectful, tolerant, civil and willing to learn.

Upcoming events are described below. If you would like to suggest an event (ideas are always welcome!), please contact any member of the planning group (Sue Buckholz, Jim F, Tracey, Gerald Kozak, Diana Munson, Martha Pullen, Susan Tucker).

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