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.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Citizens' Climate Lobby Group Meeting at SJ Peace and Justice

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Monthly Silicon Valley South Group meeting. We will discuss actions we can take with respect to more outreach and education of the public and members of Congress with respect to how a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax can both improve the economy and dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Regular meeting at 7:00; New member orientation at 6:30PM You can park on the street after 6 PM for free and there are 8 parking spots behind the Peace and Justice center.

Free Thought Discussion Group

Mitchell Park Library

This meeting is held at two locations the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Midtown Room at the Mitchell Park Library at 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto CA 94303 (see map). On the alternate weeks, it meets at private homes. Please contact [masked] for directions. Please check the listings for each Wednesday to confirm what the schedule is for that Wednesday. The current book being discussed is: “The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake”, by Steven Novella, 2018, 445 pages. Greg A. For much more information and to see more about this book see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion 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 - Mtg 4X/Month

Mountain View

THIS MEETING IS NORMALLY HELD EACH THURSDAY EVENING, BUT IS NOW MEETING 4X PER MONTH. We are formally scheduled to have meetings on the first through fourth Thursdays of each month, in Sunnyvale and Palo Alto. We're looking for one new venue in or near Mountain View. Check back each week for changes in status. If we find more locations, they will be added. If you know of a possible venue with the ability to play videos, please contact Carl at '[masked]', or[masked]. The below listing will apply when we are holding a meeting. ========================================= We are currently watching “The Great Ideas of Philosophy” presented by Daniel N. Robinson. This is a 60 DVD course that covers a wide range of topics Here is the Introduction: Humanity left childhood and entered the troubled but productive world when it started to criticize its own certainties and weigh the worthiness of its most secure beliefs. Thus began that “Long Debate” on the nature of truth, the scale of real values, the life one should aspire to live, the character of justice, the sources of law, the terms of civic and political life—the good, the better, the best. The debate continues, and one remains aloof to it at a very heavy price, for “the unexamined life is not worth living.” This course of 60 lectures gives the student a sure guide and interpreter as the major themes within the Long Debate are presented and considered. The persistent themes are understood as problems: The problem of knowledge, arising from concerns as to how or whether we come to know anything, and are justified in our belief that this knowledge is valid and sound The problem of conduct, arising from the recognition that our actions, too, require some sort of justification in light of our moral and ethical sensibilities—or lack of them The problem of governance, which includes an understanding of sources of law and its binding nature. The great speculators of history have exhausted themselves on these problems and have bequeathed to us a storehouse of insights, some so utterly persuasive as to have shaped thought itself. In these coherent and beautifully articulated lectures you will hear Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics and Epicureans, the Scholastic philosophers and the leaders of Renaissance thought. In addition, you will learn about the architects of the Age of Newton and the Enlightenment that followed in its wake—all this, as well as Romanticism and Continental thought, Nietzsche and Darwin, Freud and William James. This course is a veritable banquet of enriching reflection on mental life and the acts of humanity that proceed from it: the plans and purposes, the values and beliefs, the possibilities and vulnerabilities. See more at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/great-ideas-of-philosophy-2nd-edition.html There are 60 episodes, so we will be watching it for 30 Weeks. ================ Dr. Robinson is a long time favorite in the Video Group, and this promises to be a truly worthwhile watch and follow-up discussion For more information and to see more info on the current video please see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/

Forum - Exploring the Concepts of Bullsh*t - Carl Angotti

Mountain View Community Center

This presentation is based on the concepts discussed in the book “On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt, 2005, Princeton University Press - Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton. We will explore such concepts as: What is BS? Why is there so much of it? What is the Difference between BS and a Lie? What is a BS Artist? What do the New Ideas of Modern Psychology have to contribute? As such, this presentation will focus on some of the major concepts discussed in Frankfurt’s Book. These ideas will be combined with those of modern psychological knowledge and how it operates to enhance, and even contribute to the BS found all around us. These ideas can illustrate how most, if not all, of us contribute to the pool of BS in the World. Bio: This presentation will be given by Carl Angotti, a longtime member of the Humanist Community. He is trained and worked as an Electronic Engineering Product Development Consultant in Silicon Valley for many years. He holds an BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS from USC in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Business from SJSU. He has also been an amateur student of Philosophy, Psychology and Economics since his youth and early adulthood. He was intrigued by the concept of BS and how it operates in everyday life, in advertising and in politics. After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV/ Website: http://www.humanists.org/blog/ Videos of previous forums: https://vimeo.com/hcsv/ To help our Forum series continue, please consider making a donation or becoming a member (http://www.humanists.org/blog/membership/) of the Humanist Community. Do your online shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173979, and Amazon donates to the Humanist Community every time you do. Note: If you would like to speak at a Forum, or know of someone who you think might be willing to speak at a Forum, please send an email about your idea to the HCSV Program Committee ([masked]). DIRECTIONS TO RENGSTORFF PARK AND THE CEDAR ROOM Head south (away from the Bay) on Rengstorff Ave. (in Mountain View) from 101 or Central Expressway until you cross the train tracks. Then turn left at the intersection (with a traffic light) that says "Stanford Ave.-->" and "<--Community Center". That puts you into the Community Center's parking lot. In the parking lot, veer to the right, and then turn left, and park alongside the right-hand side of the Community Center. Enter where you see the Humanist Community sign.

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Forum - Mini Law School: The Second Amendment - Leland Chan

Mountain View Community Center

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