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Bonobo and Atheist Event; SMART’s 1st Meeting; & Meeting w Chris Stedman

“The Bonobo & The Atheist”: An Event w Frans De Waal March 5th

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“We were born of risen apes, not fallen angels.” ~Robert Ardrey

For the past century, a cynical view of human nature has been promoted by biologists. However, the view that empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans, is increasingly supported. Professor Frans de Waal is a pioneer in our understanding of how empathy and morality evolved. And, he argues, it is from this more accurate view of human nature that we can build a more just society.

Make sure to RSVP to Our Facebook Event Page for regular updates (and in case there are any last minute changes to the event).

Prof Frans de Waal is professor of Neuroscience & Animal Behavior at Emory and Director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He is author of numerous books, recently including “The Bonobo and the Atheist: Finding Humanism Among the Primates”. In 2007 he was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Prof Paul Bloom, Yale professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, will join Professor De Waal after the lecture.  Professor Bloom is on the Faculty Board of Advisers of the YHC and is the author of the recent book Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil.

The event will be held on March 5th at the Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona (SSS) Hall on 1 Prospect Street New Haven. The event starts at 7pm, but make sure to come early for book selling and signing.  This event is free and open to the public.

Announcing First SMART Recovery Chapter in CT

We’re proud to announce Connecticut’s first SMART Recovery Chapter!  Check out their website in the link for more details.

Founding chapter leader Joseph Esposito will be opening the first meeting on March 22nd at 2:45 – 3:45pm at the Hagaman Memorial Library’s Community Room on 227 Main Street East Haven.   Meetings will continue at this location and time each Saturday until this June.

SMART Recovery runs programs nation wide for those needing support while working through addictive behaviors.  However, unlike other popular religious programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery bases its programs and techniques on the evolving literature in cognitive and addictive behavioral sciences.

If you or a friend are looking for support, feel free to email Joseph (flier attached) for more details.

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Need to Talk?  Feel Free to Set Up a Meeting with Chris Stedman

chris_wall01_300 (1)Do you have questions about what you believe? Are you struggling with something? Do you need someone to talk to about challenges in your relationships or with responsibilities at school or work? Are you wondering how to tell loved ones that you are an atheist or agnostic?

Set up a meeting with our Coordinator of Humanist Life, Chris Stedman, for either the first week of March or second week of April. He is available to meet with students and community members individually. Click here to schedule a thirty minute one-on-one meeting with him to discuss issues related to Humanism, atheism, and living a meaningful life or just to chat about the work we’re doing.

Chris is an experienced counselor, with an MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling.  He has years of experience as the assistant Humanist chaplain at Harvard and, for a time, the only LGBT chaplain on their campus — as well as working for other community-building and mentoring organizations.  He is happy to speak with anyone about anything.


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