Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) May 1996 Meeting "What is Humanism?" by Ken Marsalek The May 22 meeting of WMOD will feature a talk on the Humanist movement by Ken Marsalek, the president of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). According to the WASH brochure: "Humanism is a general term for outlooks on life distinguished by the following characteristics: * Use of critical reason and scientific methods of inquiry in seeking solutions to human problems. * A conviction that dogmas, ideologies, and traditions, whether religious, political, or social must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted on faith. *A constant search for truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it. *A concern for THIS life and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us. *A search for viable individual, social, and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well being and individual responsibility. * A conviction that with reason, an open marketplace for ideas, good will and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children. Secular humanists are distinguished by an emphasis on scientific methods of knowing, separation of church and state, and a commitment to the pursuit of humanist goals outside of a religious framework." Ken Marsalek is a founding member of WASH and a board member of the Council for Secular Humanism (formerly CODESH). His articles on humanism have been published in FREE INQUIRY and the SECULAR HUMANIST BULLETIN. Ken will discuss the roots of humanism, its historical development, and current status. Last Month's Rand Videos On April 17, two videos of Rand interviews were shown. About half the 20 attendees had never seen Rand before. Due to the many positive comments, WMOD plans to show more videos of Rand in the future, and possibly others of Branden, Peikoff, etc. Please let us know if you have a good video that we could show. When and Where is the WMOD Meeting? Join us on Wednesday 5/22. You can either join us for dinner at 7 pm and/or for the discussion at 8:15 pm at the Fortune Chinese Restaurant at Baileys Xroads, VA on Route 7 between 7 Corners and Columbia Pike (5900 Leesburg Pike 703/998-8888). You can take METRO to the West Falls Church stop and then take METRO buses 29A or 29B East on Route 7 toward Baileys Xroads. The Fortune is on this route. After the meeting we can give you a ride back to a METRO station. WMOD has arranged for a $15 fixed price dinner (including tax and tip). Or you can order from the menu. Please RSVP to WMOD (703) 820-7696 before noon Wednesday 5/22 so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set up. CALENDAR Future of Freedom Foundation "Vienna Coffee Club Talks" at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. RSVP to 703/934-6101. * May 23: Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling, pres. and vice president of FFF, on "The Failure of America's Foreign Wars". Spring and Summer Conferences IOS will hold its 1996 Summer Philosophy Seminar "Objectivism: Theory and Practice" on July 6-13 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact http://ios.org, (914) 471-6100, firstname.lastname@example.org. Second Renaissance Conferences will hold its two-week-long conference "Ideas for the Rational Mind", June 29 - July 14, at Tysons Corner, VA. Call (203) 791-1755. WMOD Contact Information Dave Saum WMOD PO Box 8007 Falls Church, VA 22041 Email: DSaum at infiltec.com, Phone: 703/820-7696 ----------- "Sapere aude" (dare to know) --------------------
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