In May we will be talking about Empathy. We will be reviewing a lot of what we spoke on in February's Altruism chat, but we will be focussing on empathy specifically.
the readings to go over again are de Waal's "Age of Empathy," Sam Harris's "Moral Landscape," and Keltner's "Born to be Good."
Humanism is much more than mere Atheism, it is a robust communitarian social philosophy for which the question of the existence of the supernatural is frankly irrelevant. Our moral commitments to one another would be unchanged regardless of a god's existence.
Rather than just asserting ourselves as Atheists, it is time to cultivate our own field and concentrate on what we do believe in. This will be the start of a new monthly series that we are going to turn into a book.
The American Humanist Association, for which we have been a chapter of for 40 years, has come out with some wonderful values positions for children. They are called the 10 commitments. Yet, we find that with a little tweaking, the 10 commitments are great points of discussion for adults.
Each month we will get announce a set of readings, together for a lecture on the stated topic, workshop over a series of questions, and then inevitably turn our dialogue into a book on workable Humanist Ethics for the American Humanist Association.
January: Overview of topics and methods
March: Environmental Stewardship
April: Critical Thinking
June: Ethical Development
July: Global Awareness
August: Human Rights
September: Peace & Social Justice
November: Service & Participation
And in December we will review what we have worked on over the course of the year.