What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Continuing our summer tradition of devoting one meeting to discussion, we will watch a short video by philosopher-of-ordinary-life Alain de Botton and then open the floor for a lightly moderated discussion of how (or whether) we as humanists might implement any of his ideas.
NOTE Change in meeting format For this meeting only, breakfast will be a potluck. If you enjoy socializing with other members of breakfast, plan to arrive between 9:00 am and 9:30 and please bring something to share. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. The meeting will begin around 10:00 am.
Let's see how much we can accomplish between 7 am and noon.
Work Parties are always fun. Come on out and help our fellow Humanists to improve our home. We don't actually work that hard, and participants get a feeling of satisfaction, enjoying the improvements all the more.
HSGP member LuAnn Dahlman will discuss the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Doors open at 9:00 for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting starts at 10:00 am.
Join the discussion of Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough.
from Amazon: From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.
Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.
Different as they are from each other, McCullough’s subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.
HSGP member Richard Miller will translate the concepts presented in Lawrence Krauss' book "A Universe from Nothing" into terms those of us without advanced degrees in physics and/or cosmology can understand.
From Amazon.com: One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.
Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.
Thomas Piketty's much talked-about book Equality has prompted Dr. Richardson to create a presentation entitled "America's Inequality: A Betrayal of Our Founding Philosophy?"
The question mark is there because not everyone accepts that equality is a significant value in our moral and intellectual foundations. His interest in the topic has been stimulated by reading Matthew Stewart, Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am