Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Biological Basis of Morality

Our next meeting will be a discussion of ‘The Biological basis of Morality’. 
The 11th Feb at 7.30pm at the White Rock Hotel

There is increasing evidence from anthropology, neural science and psychology that we do not need ‘God in order to be good’ and that far from evolution being ‘red in tooth and claw’, we have actually survived and prospered because of our human ability to collaborate and share resources to achieve common goals. In fact, the more our social institutions support our trust in each other, the more successful our society becomes!
A Darwinian process in which collaborative social organisations prosper better than non-collaborative social organisations.

A mad dash through ‘The prisoner’s dilemma’, the role of oxytocin, and the thoughts of some leading Humanist thinkers, will form the back drop for the discussion that follows.

This 1 hour video of AC Grayling on Humanism(click to view) is a great introduction for those that might like to  do some advance watching on the ideas of Humanism.

Other Business
George has once again expressed his wish to stand down as Secretary of our group.  He tried to resign last year but was persuaded to continue, but this year seems quite determined, so reluctantly I think we will need to ask for volunteers to take over from him.

Please let me know if you have an interest in standing.

Thank you

Stephen Milton

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A Review of the Year Past and the Year To Come.

Our next meeting will be about Highlights and Forecasts  

on the 14th Jan 2016 at 7:30 pm at the White Rock Hotel

We hope everybody has had a nice break and is ready for 2016.

To kick off the New Year we will combine a review of last year with predictions for this year. 
·         What were the most interesting, exciting, important or just the most fun developments of 2015?
·         and what are your predictions for 2016?
As we enter the 16th year of the century will these be the years that the future considers a tipping point or just another year in the calendar?
Bring along your suggestions….

We would also like to organise volunteers to assist in putting together some of the future topics for our discussions.

I look forward to our next meeting in 10 days’ time.

Stephen Milton.

Here is a photo from this meeting. One of three taken by George Jelliss. Sorry it's a bit fuzzy. 
Hastings Humanists at White Rock Hotel 14/Jan/2016