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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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Inquiring Minds

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INQUIRING MINDS is a discussion group sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley. Each meeting has a facilitator, who has chosen a topic. For better discussion, each of the attendees should prepare by reading the article(s) ahead of time and bringing thoughts and questions to the meeting. (See Articles, below) Just before the end of the meeting the group will discuss who will be the next leader and potential subjects. ****************************************************************************** Topic for this meeting: Diet for the Planet Articles (Please read BEFORE the meeting): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yfkl8Jvpf-1MaXOPL4EY_mJ4quQM31NGC8ragtZhjUs/edit?usp=sharing Location: Fran and Jim's home near Valley Fair Mall, San Jose Max Attendees: 20 Email Fran at [masked] to get location details ******************************************************************************

Free Thought Discussion Group

Hilton Brown's home

Discussion of a selected book or recent news events. FIRST WEDNESDAY Discussion of recent news events ALL OTHER WEDNESDAYS Current Book "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?" by Michael J. Sandel , 2009, 295 pages, 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: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

Academic Video Group

Hilton Brown's home

We are currentlly 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 an follow-up discussion Please email Carl Angotti at [masked] for the address in Mountain View, CA For more information and to see more info on the current video please see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/ This meeting is held at the Home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For directions to his home please send an email to Carl Angotti at [masked].

Darwin Potluck at the Havasy's

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You are invited to this Darwin Potluck at the Havasy's in Sunnyvale. For information, including the address, please contact Sena at[masked] or [masked].

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