What we're about

The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley was established in 1962 and is a chartered chapter of the American Humanist Association. We have a long tradition of promoting humanist values while providing interesting educational programs and fun, friendly social events for our members.

Check out our WEBSITE (http://www.humanists.org), like us on FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/), and follow us on TWITTER (https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV) (@HumanistCommSV).

Our main event is the Sunday Forum which features a different speaker each Sunday discussing a topic of interest. A wide variety of topics are covered from week to week. Forums are held in various locations from 11am until 12:15pm. Look at each individual Forum listing to see where it is being held.

A buffet lunch follows the Forum at 12:30pm. Lunch is free for first time visitors and students. Otherwise we ask for a donation of $10. If you can't afford that, please give what you can, and join us for good food and even better conversation.

NOTE: Approximately 30 to 40 people attend the Forum each Sunday. Because Forums happen every Sunday, most of our members do not RSVP on Meetup, so don't let our RSVP count fool you.

Other weekly programs include the Free Thought Discussion Group (http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-... (http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion)) every Wednesday night at 7:30pm, and the Academic Video Group (http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-vide... (http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/)) every Thursday night at 8pm.

Monthly events include a Potluck, workshops (see the calendar for classes and schedules), and our Fun Group ( http://www.humanists.org/blog/fun-group ), which organizes a "fun" activity around the first of each month.

We hope to welcome you soon to the Sunday Forum or one of our other events. If you would like to suggest a topic for our Forum series, please send a message to the organizers (Brian and/or Matt Courtney). We would love to help you share your enthusiasm for a topic, a speaker, a social action project, a fun outing, etc., with other community members.

Humanists have more fun... together!

See you soon!

Brian

Upcoming events (4+)

Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

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Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please sign up for the meeting, and the zoom link will be made available on the right panel.

Newly Chosen Book
"The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It" by Robert Reich, 199 Pages

Description
There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core problem and how do we remedy it? With the characteristic clarity and passion that have made him a central civil voice, bestselling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have combined to install an oligarchy and undermine democracy. Reich exposes the myths of meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, the “free market,” and the political “center,” all of which........ See more
https://www.amazon.com/System-Who-Rigged-How-Fix/dp/0593082001

29 June - Chapt 11 ("The Triumph of the Oligarchy") THROUGH Chapt 13 ("How the Oligarchies Retain Power ") over one week pages 137 to 181, 44 pages.

6 July - Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.

Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here:

Website: http://www.humanists.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

Link visible for attendees

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please sign up for the meeting, and the zoom link will be made available on the right panel.

CURRENT BOOK

"The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It" by Robert Reich, 199 Pages
Description
There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core problem and how do we remedy it? With the characteristic clarity and passion that have made him a central civil voice, bestselling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have combined to install an oligarchy and undermine democracy. Reich exposes the myths of meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, the “free market,” and the political “center,” all of which........ See more
https://www.amazon.com/System-Who-Rigged-How-Fix/dp/0593082001

Readings this week
15 June - Into, Chapt 3 ("Socialism for the Rich, ...") THROUGH Chapt 6 ("The Core Contradiction") over one week pages 43 to 88, 45 pages.

6 July - Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.

Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here:
Website: http://www.humanists.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

Academic Video Group - Online Meeting

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Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please sign up for the meeting, and the zoom link will be made available on the right panel.

We’ll be watching
Philosophy Crash Course
CONTRACTARIANISM: CRASH COURSE PHILOSOPHY #37
Today we explore the penultimate ethical theory in this unit: contractarianism. Hank explains Hobbes’ state of nature, and implicit and explicit contracts, as well as the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and the benefits, and costs, of violating contracts.

ARISTOTLE & VIRTUE THEORY: CRASH COURSE PHILOSOPHY #38
This week we explore final ethical theory in this unit: Aristotle’s virtue theory. Hank explains the Golden Mean, and how it exists as the midpoint between vices of excess and deficiency. We’ll also discuss moral exemplars, and introduce the concept of “eudaimonia.”

MORAL LUCK: CRASH COURSE PHILOSOPHY #39
Can two people who make the same bad decision bear different levels of moral responsibility? Today, we try to address this question with the concept of moral luck. Hank explains the difference between moral and causal responsibility, and the reasons we assign praise and blame.
Again, if you wish to join us, please sign up for the meeting, and the zoom link will be made available on the right panel.

Join us in viewing videos, and discussing them afterward.

For other information on the current video please see:

http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/s/

Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

Link visible for attendees

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please sign up for the meeting, and the zoom link will be made available on the right panel.

CURRENT BOOK

"The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It" by Robert Reich, 199 Pages
Description
There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core problem and how do we remedy it? With the characteristic clarity and passion that have made him a central civil voice, bestselling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have combined to install an oligarchy and undermine democracy. Reich exposes the myths of meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, the “free market,” and the political “center,” all of which........ See more
https://www.amazon.com/System-Who-Rigged-How-Fix/dp/0593082001

Readings this week
15 June - Into, Chapt 3 ("Socialism for the Rich, ...") THROUGH Chapt 6 ("The Core Contradiction") over one week pages 43 to 88, 45 pages.

6 July - Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.

Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here:
Website: http://www.humanists.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

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