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John Shook will speak Saturday, Jan. 7th, 2012 at the Wheaton Regional Library on "The Psychology of Religion, the Sociology of Theology, and the Humanist Strategic Response"
This is a free talk as part of the monthly The Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) Maryland-DC (MDC) meetings. See http://www.wash.org/ for more on WASH and http://www.facebook.com/events/284235418285696/ for more on the event Saturday.
The behavioral and cognitive sciences are determining how religions originated tens of thousands of years ago and how they manipulate basic functions of the human brain. Since 1000 BCE, religions have added intellectual theologies to slowly adapt to philosophy, science, and social change. Modern theologies are well adapted to survive naturalistic challenges. Humanism must be carefully designed to strategically challenge religions and offer viable secular replacements.
Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, is the WASH MSC speaker (May from 2-4) at the Wheaton library. It's free so please come.
The topic related to his general activism and arousing the sleeping secular giant in the context of his new book Attack of the Theocrats which has an extensive critical review of religious bias in American politics and the social arena. For example:
More than ten states allow federally funded, unlicensed religious child-care facilities. Depending on the state, this can mean that some of these religious child-care facilities are exempt from a broad range of health and safety laws. Others are offered fewer exemptions, but the real question is why would any exemption exist at all, particularly when the safety of children is at stake?
As Richard Dawkins notes in his not-to-be-missed Forward the Sean provides:
a sobering picture, but fortunately, as anyone who has heard his speeches knows, he also has an inspiring and invigorating vision to offer. . . . Readers will finish the book exercised, energized, and eager to join Faircloth in a bold rediscovery of the secular dream of the European Enlightenment and America’s enlightened Fathers.”
-- Richard Dawkins, from the foreword to Attack of the Theocrats!
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. See http://www.facebook.com/events/284638361619455/ for details.