What we're about

The purpose of Bay Area Humanists is to promote humanism in San Francisco and East Bay. We do this by sponsoring a range of activities including lectures, discussions, social service, outings and parties. We want to build a sense of community for those who identify with the humanist philosophy. If you would like to be part of this community, please join this Meet Up. We are a chapter of the American Humanist Association (http://www.americanhumanist.org). Our understanding of humanism is taken from “Humanism and Its Aspirations (http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_III)” also know as Humanist Manifesto III

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”

You can learn more about Bay Area Humanists at our website (http://www.sfhumanists.org) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BayAreaHumanists) page.

See our upcoming events below.

Upcoming events (2)

Webinar: The Supreme Court and the Cross: An Insider Perspective

Please note, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessity of social distancing, this Humanist Forum will be a webinar. To participate, please click on the link below or copy it into your browser when the webinar is schedule to begin (Saturday, April 4, 3:00). You will need access to the internet, a computer equipped with a microphone and camera to fully participate. You can also participate in the audio portion of the webinar by calling [masked] . If you plan to participate, please RSVP so we’ll have an idea of the number of participants. https://zoom.us/j/885864982?pwd=ZE5heDRYd1Nzcm9XZXVaOGgxdkN5QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Monica L. Miller argued the Bladensburg Cross case before the U.S. Supreme Court in February 2019. The case was brought in 2014 by the American Humanist Association (AHA) challenging a government owned and maintained 40-foot Latin cross memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland. Monica will discuss the experience of preparing and arguing the case before the current Supreme Court and what we can expect for the state of secularism in the courts going forward. Monica is the Legal Director and Senior Counsel at the AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center and Executive Director of the Humanist Legal Society. Since joining the AHA in 2012, Miller has vigorously defended the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases across the country. Monica has appeared live on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country. Monica graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration for Environmental Science and Policy and from Vermont Law School in 2012. In keeping with the necessity of social distancing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Bay Area Humanists Programing will be presented through virtual technology for the foreseeable future. Please join us on Saturday, April 4 at 3:00 PM by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/885864982pwd=ZE5heDRYd1Nzcm9XZXVaOGgxdkN5QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

Humanist Book Group: How Emotions Are Made

Online event

UPDATED: This is a postponement of our March book group meeting. You may wish to read it carefully as it differs from our other meetings in several ways. Join us on video chat as we discuss " How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain" by Lisa Feldman Barrett. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions. I will send out video chat invites to all RSVP'd members on the day of the event, so check your inboxes! We will be selecting the next book from those presented in by participants in this meeting. If you'd like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available in the SF Public Library (right now only digital loans are an option). Because we've had some discussion of this book already, we will devote some time at the end of the meeting for a book "Show & Tell". If you'd like, be ready to spend 5 minutes describing a book you've read, how you felt about it, and what the key insights or elements of that book were. This is a little different from the "pitch" described above as you're giving a more thorough summary. About "How Emotions Are Made" (SFPL: http://bit.ly/37btDoE): "Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology--and this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, meditation, and even airport security. Why do emotions feel automatic? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain. " 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. If you can't finish the book in time, reading part of it or even watching a talk by the author can help make the discussion more interesting. A list of past suggestions can be found at https://go.sfhumanists.org/booklist This is not a Library Sponsored Program.

Past events (465)

Equality: An American Dilemma

First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center

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