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[Alliance Event] Why Darwin? Stephen Matheson muses on the role of Darwin as a humanist icon

Posted on : Jan-20-2018 | By : Justin | In : Blog Post

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**RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/BostonSkeptics/events/247137902/

One aspect of the Boston Skeptics group that we’ve been working on is creating alliances with other local groups that have overlapping interests with the skeptics community. We recently reached out to the Humanist Hub to explore ideas and interests both groups might share. To begin exploring an alliance between us, we’d like to invite the Boston Skeptics members (new and existing!) to meet up at the Humanist Hub’s upcoming Sunday Speakers Series talk “Why Darwin?” by Stephen Matheson. Here’s the abstract for this talk: 

Charles Darwin, one of the most important scientists of the 19th century, is also a very misunderstood figure of history.“Charles Darwin is a humanist icon, or at least enough of an icon that International Darwin Day, celebrated every year on or about February 12, was first established by the American Humanist Association. We love to celebrate Darwin Day at the Hub, and this year is no exception.

But why? Why Darwin? Why not Newton or Galileo or Copernicus? Why not Curie or Lovelace or Franklin?

We will discuss these questions together: 1) Why is Darwin a humanist icon? In other words, why Darwin Day? and 2) Should Darwin be a humanist icon? In other words, should we celebrate Darwin Day? If so, how? If not, then what?”

Stephen Matheson is a biologist and a scientific editor working in Cambridge. He is also the Director of the Board of Directors of the Humanist Hub. You can learn more about the Humanist Hub team here.

This will be part of the regular Sunday events at the Humanist Hub. The Sunday Speakers Program is a weekly community meeting where the Humanist Hub gathers to reconnect with one another. The program often consists of a welcome, a song or poem, a talk by an invited speaker or a community member, questions-and-answers, and small group discussion, followed by refreshments and socializing. You can look for upcoming Humanist Hub events on their website and on their Meetup page. Note: this is not their Darwin Day event, which will occur in February.

We hope you’ll join us. And we’d like to hear what you think about alliances and ideas for other groups in the area to connect with.

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