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

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