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Humanism Study Group

  • Sep 16, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Private Residence

Humanist Study Group

Since Labor Day is on a Monday and the organizer (Greg) has free thought meetups on each Monday, we will move these meetings, including this one, down one week in the calendar.

The group has decided to read the book Forbidden Fruit by Paul Kurtz.  We will try to get through the Prologue, Introduction and Part I which is about 80 pages. The forbidden fruit is the knowledge of good and evil and the book goes into ethics without God.  The first part of the book discusses ethics and morality in a general sense and then later gets into specific issues confronting humans and how secular humanists should handle the issues.

This group is devoted to the study of humanism and related topics including the sources of human ethics and morality, how the brain works, anthropology and sociology.

We meet at a private residence in an apartment complex, so do not park in spaces with numbers on then. Best parking, is the parking row near the tennis courts, but any parking space not numbered will work. The apartment is located off of a sidewalk behind the southern tier of buildings.

This is a potluck, so bring some food, snacks or drinks to share!

If you would like to suggest a topic or be put on an email distribution list and from time to time receive resource materials and reminders, send an email request to [masked] - PLEASE SPECIFY that you want on the Humanist Study Group list!

Also, note that many participants in this group do not reserve through this Meetup site. We generally have a pretty good group, so do not be dissuaded from attending if only a few have signed up here!

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  • Don H.

    Good to hear from you, John. I have been concentrating lately on how a secular group can address the general public, and what message we should have available to give. I am surrounded by fundamentalist groups here in my community and have heard the descriptions that they give others about atheists and secular humanists. they basically are using scare tactics to make humanists sound like monsters. I believe that we have to present a comprehensive message of thoughtful ideas, and back it with science, behavior theory, economics, and relevant statistics. And we have to present an mature stable attitude to represent our thinking.

    My e-mail is [masked]

    August 19, 2013

    • Don H.

      Why do people join and belong to churches, synagoges, mosques, etc.? We need to focus on those reasons, and let our messages fit those folks needs.

      August 20, 2013

  • John

    Welcome to the the group, I look forward to having email exchanges on what we can do to get people thinking.

    August 15, 2013

    • Don H.

      thank you! Yep we need to start discussing our philosophy.

      August 15, 2013

  • Don H.

    Hi! Greetings to all! I'm clear over in Kansas, NW of Topeka, so I will rarely attend many meetings. However, I am really looking forward to being able to e-mail back and forth about ideas and philosophy if I can find interested participants! I Would like to build a positive philosophy and message to give to curious and interested individuals, who are deciding whether to conform to religious dogma, and be a part of the crowd, or to be a skeptic and be honest about their beliefs (and doubts).

    I am not satisfied that we simply point out all of the flaws in the logic of religious belief. That isn't enough. People are scared of not believing, because they are told that it will lead to anarchy, lawlessness, perversion, and societal decay! We are the sole communicators who can provide a different message. Church leaders are adamant that a secular humanistic view is a road to destruction, we absolutely have to provide another example!

    August 15, 2013

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