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What. Freethinker's-Book Discussion: Sex & War by Malcom Potts

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Today's Starter Topic: Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World - by Malcolm Potts & Thomas Hayden. We'll begin with chapters one through five (of 15 chapters). https://www.amazon.com/Sex-War-Biology-Explains-Terrorism-ebook/dp/B003UBAX3A The book is a look at the evolutionary causes of violent conflicts that’s “worth reading, and arguing about” (Toronto Star). Why does war seem to be so fundamental to our species? And is there anything we can do about it? Sex and War explores these questions from the frontlines of war-torn countries around the world. As a scientist and obstetrician, Malcolm Potts has worked with governments and aid organizations globally, and in the trenches with women who have been raped and brutalized in the course of war. Combining their own experience with scientific findings in primatology, genetics, and anthropology, Potts and journalist Thomas Hayden explain war’s pivotal position in the human experience, and how men in particular evolved under conditions that favored gang behavior, rape, and organized aggression. Drawing on these new insights, they propose a rational plan for making warfare less frequent and less brutal in the future. Anyone interested in understanding human nature, warfare, and terrorism at their most fundamental levels will find Sex and War to be an illuminating work, and one that might change the way they see the world. Our discussion will broaden out to any timely topic that is on each of our minds. Starter topics are just an ice breaker. Those who have watched the videos or read the book will have the first shot in starting our conversation. We currently meet at the Cordata Community Food Coop, Cordata, near Whatcom Community College on the first Friday of each month. You will find the stairs to the 2nd Floor "Local Roots" room on the SE corner of the store near the last register next to the deli area. At the top of stairs, turn right into the room. Enjoy free flowing discussion on Politics, Religion, Science, Ethics, and any other controversial subject that comes to mind. We also encourage attendees to share their life story that lead their journey to the 'Land of Freethought', Free Inquiry, Skepticism towards cultural stories, norms & traditions and to the admiration of the scientific method as the only reliable means of finding answers to our probing questions and common sense solutions to humanity's current problems. Suggestions for future meeting's starter topics are encouraged. See you there!

Drinking Skeptically - Dinner and Social - Book: Sex & War by Malcom Potts

Bob's Burger And Brew (Barkley Village)

Have dinner, conversation and your favorite beer (or beverage of your choice) with other skeptics from Bellingham and beyond! We need at least 8 RSVP'S to retain the private "Quiet" room at Bob's Barkley Burger & Brew, but lately attendance has been double that! Nonetheless, please sign up! We won't hold it against you if at the last minute you can't come. If you haven't RSVP'd, but at the last moment decided you can make it, come on in! This venue isn't conducive to a general discussion, but between neighbors we may break the ice and discuss the following: Today's Starter Topic: Book Discussion, Sex & War by Malcom Potts, Chapters six through ten (of 15 chapters). The book is a look at the evolutionary causes of violent conflicts that’s “worth reading, and arguing about” (Toronto Star). Why does war seem to be so fundamental to our species? And is there anything we can do about it? Sex and War explores these questions from the frontlines of war-torn countries around the world. As a scientist and obstetrician, Malcolm Potts has worked with governments and aid organizations globally, and in the trenches with women who have been raped and brutalized in the course of war. Combining their own experience with scientific findings in primatology, genetics, and anthropology, Potts and journalist Thomas Hayden explain war’s pivotal position in the human experience, and how men in particular evolved under conditions that favored gang behavior, rape, and organized aggression. Drawing on these new insights, they propose a rational plan for making warfare less frequent and less brutal in the future. Anyone interested in understanding human nature, warfare, and terrorism at their most fundamental levels will find Sex and War to be an illuminating work, and one that might change the way they see the world. If you have topic suggestion for future meetings, bring up at end of meeting or email me at [masked]! You do not need to read the above book, nor have these books to participate in discussion. Our discussion will broaden out to any timely topic that is on each of our mind. Starter topic is just an ice breaker. Sorry for repeating myself but we have the "quiet" room reserved for every meeting through the end of this year! But remember, we may need to cancel if there are less than 8 RSVP's a few day before the meeting, so be sure to say "yes" to attending if you think you might show. You can always go back and change to "no" if near the date you change your mind. Tom Kearney & Monty Vonn Co-coordinators

Whatcom Residence Carpool to HNPS meeting in Mt. Vernon, WA

*********North Whatcom County and Bellingham Car Pool Info********** *******For Every 3rd Sunday HNPS Meeting at Skagit Food Coop******** We meet for carpool in parking area of Starbucks, 3105 Old Fairhaven Pkwy, West of I-5 Exit 250. We meet in parking area between 9:15 AM and 9:24 AM, leave sharp at 9:25 AM. For information on this coming HNPS (Humanists of North Puget Sound), please click on link below, then click on the upcoming meeting link: https://www.meetup.com/HumanistsNPS/ Follow instructions on the HNPS Meetup site (above link) if you wish to drive there directly. Meeting starts at 10 AM and ends at NOON, or runs over to 1 PM if conversation continues to engage attendees. HNPS's monthly meeting upstairs, 3rd floor in room 309 at the Skagit valley Co-op. Stair or elevator entrance on south end of Co-op Building.

What. Freethinker's-Book Discussion: Sex & War by Malcom Potts

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Today's Starter Topic: Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World - by Malcolm Potts & Thomas Hayden. We'll begin with chapters one through five (of 15 chapters). https://www.amazon.com/Sex-War-Biology-Explains-Terrorism-ebook/dp/B003UBAX3A The book is a look at the evolutionary causes of violent conflicts that’s “worth reading, and arguing about” (Toronto Star). Why does war seem to be so fundamental to our species? And is there anything we can do about it? Sex and War explores these questions from the frontlines of war-torn countries around the world. As a scientist and obstetrician, Malcolm Potts has worked with governments and aid organizations globally, and in the trenches with women who have been raped and brutalized in the course of war. Combining their own experience with scientific findings in primatology, genetics, and anthropology, Potts and journalist Thomas Hayden explain war’s pivotal position in the human experience, and how men in particular evolved under conditions that favored gang behavior, rape, and organized aggression. Drawing on these new insights, they propose a rational plan for making warfare less frequent and less brutal in the future. Anyone interested in understanding human nature, warfare, and terrorism at their most fundamental levels will find Sex and War to be an illuminating work, and one that might change the way they see the world. Our discussion will broaden out to any timely topic that is on each of our minds. Starter topics are just an ice breaker. Those who have watched the videos or read the book will have the first shot in starting our conversation. We currently meet at the Cordata Community Food Coop, Cordata, near Whatcom Community College on the first Friday of each month. You will find the stairs to the 2nd Floor "Local Roots" room on the SE corner of the store near the last register next to the deli area. At the top of stairs, turn right into the room. Enjoy free flowing discussion on Politics, Religion, Science, Ethics, and any other controversial subject that comes to mind. We also encourage attendees to share their life story that lead their journey to the 'Land of Freethought', Free Inquiry, Skepticism towards cultural stories, norms & traditions and to the admiration of the scientific method as the only reliable means of finding answers to our probing questions and common sense solutions to humanity's current problems. Suggestions for future meeting's starter topics are encouraged. See you there!

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