Our Winter Solstice Potluck, held on December 6th, was an excellent time had by all. In case you weren't able to join us, here is the text of the talk given by our keynote speaker, Richard Carrier. He has kindly allowed us to post it.
For people who no longer find faith, authority, and tradition convincing, there are many questions of what goes into thoughtful living. Atheist Richard Carrier's Sense and Goodness without God offers a framework for evidence-based living and encouragement to develop wisdom for quality living beyond faith.
The agnostic Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs went to prison for over ten years primarily for a 1918 speech in Canton, Ohio. Debs's speech points out difficulties related to the power elite of 1918. Nearly, 100 years later, the issues Debs raises sound familiar.
November 9th is the birthday of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known as creator and host of the seminal science TV show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). Sagan was known as a skeptic and freethinker.
Sam Harris recently published Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. I appreciate seeing books on the subject of what goes into quality experiences of living but found Waking Up to be a disappointment in a number of ways.
...care about your fellow human beings? ...like to share a reasonable conversation? ...care about Democracy, Human Rights, and separation of church and state? ...want to get along, contribute, and guide the world in a positive direction?
If you answered "yes"...
Then you are at the right place. Humanism shares all of the above and contributes to the answering of life's questions. If you know humanism is for you, then consider joining HCCO as a member.
There are also many opportunities for our members and friends to get involved in HCCO and our larger community. Come out and see us sometime!