Skeptics and Atheists of Durango NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2016

 

Next general meeting:

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19

Meetings are at Irish Embassy Underground

900 Main Street Durango

Dinner is available from 5:30PM.

Discussion starts at 6:30

 

The discussion topic for this month:

Max Macpherson will lead the group discussion: “If you could eliminate all crime in the world, would you do it?” POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: The answer is ‘Yes’.

But Max points out that this issue is more nuanced than that. He reminds us that what was legal 100 years ago (slavery or denying the right to vote to women) is a crime today. And some of what was a serious crime as recently as a decade ago is legal today (marijuana)…at least in some enlightened places. Is it a crime to wear a specific article of clothing to a specific venue? Yes, if you want to wear your burkini to a French beach! So the nature and definition of ‘crime’ is fluid and not as clear cut as one might think. Religion and other cultural influences are at work! Max promises to invoke Sam Harris and his Moral Landscape to remind all that, yes, Science can and does determine human values in terms of what is best for human and animal well-being. So come to Wednesday’s meeting ready to discuss Right and Wrong, Good and Evil, Science and Religion!

 

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