Past Meetup

Humanist Book Group: Why We Believe in God(s)

This Meetup is past

18 people went

Leland's House

63 Magellan Ave · San Francisco

How to find us

We will be at Leland's house, very close to the Forest Hill station

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Details

Note the changed location!

Join us as we discuss "Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith" by J. Anderson Thompson. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

We will be selecting the next book from those presented in person at this meeting. If you'd like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available in the SF Public Library.

About "Why We Believe in God(s)" (http://a.co/d/eilB2al):

"In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, offers a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes of religious belief in the same way any scientist would investigate the movement of astronomical bodies or the evolution of life over time—that is, as a purely natural phenomenon. Providing compelling evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and related fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, presents an easily accessible and exceptionally convincing case that god(s) were created by man—not vice versa. With this slim volume, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-read thinker and leading voice on the primacy of reason and science over superstition and religion."

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.

We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.

This is not a Library Sponsored Program.