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Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice! We’ll enjoy our traditional pot luck dinner starting at 7:00 PM. Please bring a dish to share. Around 8:00 PM, we’ll hold a short business meeting, at which we will elect officers for 2020. Next, our Solstice party gets underway, with a reading of “Ode to the Tilt”. Musical entertainment will be provided by Wry Bred. We will have a Humanist Solstice Trivia contest, and opportunity for some song and dance! Remember to bring SOCKS for our ongoing contribution to the New Haven Public Library’s drive for persons who use area homeless shelters. Socks are the most needed and least contributed item of clothing. All sizes, for all ages and genders, are much needed.
Our book for December is "The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness" by Sy Montgomery. From Amazon: Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. [Popular naturalist Sy] Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, "The Soul of an Octopus" reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. [T]his “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. – "Daily Beast" “A captivating book on an intelligence as ‘alien’ as one from outer space. And its not science fiction.” – Bernd Heinrich, author of "Mind of the Raven" Supplementary Reading: "Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness" by Peter Godfrey-Smith (who is mentioned in "The Soul of an Octopus"). Snacks will be served.
This is our monthly dinner discussion group. We meet at a local restaurant. The topic is announced closer to the date of the event. There is some required reading or watching to prime everyone for the discussion. We try to split up into groups of 6-8 people.
Enjoy our year-end brunch with other humanists! We're returning to the buffet restaurant in Wallingford that we have met at in the past, Pacific Buffet & Grill (http://www.pacificbuffetandgrill.net/). You can get more information about our group at http://www.cthumanist... (http://www.cthumanist.org). We may go to a movie afterward.