Frans de Waal, the Evolution of Morality, and the Origin of Religion

Mitchell Diamond

11 a.m., May 5, 2024

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Perhaps the most popular explanation for the origin and purpose of religion is that it enhances social cohesion and group cooperation. Mitchell Diamond, who spoke to the Humanist Community in January about the Evolutionary Biology of Religion, presents a short video of the primatologist Frans de Waal describing his research that explores morality and empathy in non-human animals. Diamond then reviews ways some academics invoke religion to explain the development of morality, social cohesion, and cooperation in human societies. He finishes by examining the relationship between morality, empathy, and other social cohesion mechanisms in animals and similar features in humans.

Diamond received a BA in biology with a focus on behavioral and evolutionary biology. He has extensively researched the popular cognitive science of religion theories and found an explanation for the evolution of religion that better fits the evidence. He’s given talks to many of the atheist and freethinker groups in Northern California and has appeared on atheist podcasts including The Atheist Experience with Tracie Harris.

Here’s the short video Mitchell will present:
Moral Behavior in Animals — https://youtu.be/GcJxRqTs5nk

5/5/2024 Mitchell Diamond from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Bassem Youssef: Changing the World

Bassem Youssef

11 a.m., April 28, 2024

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Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian-American comedian & satirist, referred to as the Jon Stewart of the Arab World. In this recent broadcast of Ways to Change the World on British television presents the Arab view of the Hamas-Israel war, politics, and his disillusionment with the West

Bassem Youssef is a comedian, television host, author, and a surgeon. Bassem started his own podcast in Egypt after the 2011 Egyptian revolution, then moved into TV. In 2013, he was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and that same year one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. He is widely remembered for a 2023 Piers Morgan Uncensored interview about the Hamas attack on Israel and the broader Israel-Palestine conflict.

You can watch this interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuR3BfpAqpw&t=308s

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Atheism Goes to the Movies

Jeff Jackson

Join us this Sunday in person OR online, as we watch Atheism Goes to the Movies, a 49-minute program by the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara (HSSB), in which film writer and director Jeff Jackson discusses the negative image of atheism in films and on TV. He is producing Our G*ddamn Wedding, a comedy that presents a realistic, favorable of atheism. You can see a short from this film at https://ourgoddamnwedding.com/.

Jeff Jackson began his career in advertising, where he founded his own agency and wrote and direct award-winning commercials and video content. He wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed short film, Our First Fight, a romantic comedy which toured film festivals around the world. His feature-length screenplay, White Collared, a black comedy set in corporate America, won Best Screenplay at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2010.

For the stage, he created the book and lyrics for a faithful musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, praised for “bringing the classic tale thrillingly to life.” His second play was Two Point Oh, a dark comedy that was a “Critic’s Pick” in the New York Times.

You can view this HSSB program at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A4AIBdwuHM.

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Bridging Divides and Saving Democracy

Jordan Klepper

11 a.m., April 7, 2024

Today we will watch two videos about communication with people on the other side of the political divide.

Jordan Klepper will give his take on how to save democracy in an 8-minute video: https://https://www.ted.com/talks/jordan_klepper_a_comedian_s_take_on_how_to_save_democracy. Klepper is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. He is a contributor and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. He is also a two-time Emmy nominee and Walter Cronkite Award winner for various docu-specials.

Then, in the 17-minute video, https://www.ted.com/talks/samar_ali_and_clint_brewer_how_to_bridge_political_divides_from_two_friends_on_opposing_sides, TED host Cloe Shasha Brooks will interview liberal law professor Samar Ali and conservative public-affairs strategist Clint Brewer about respect and communication.

Samar Ali is a research professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy.

Clint Brewer is a business executive with deep experience in media, nonprofits, professional sports, government and public affairs consulting at the state and national levels. He specializes in media relations, government relations, integrated campaigns and crisis communications. He is founder and principal of the public affairs consultancy Imperium Public Strategies.

11 a.m., April 14, 2024

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The Laws that Sex Workers Really Want

Gauri van Gulik

11 a.m., April 7, 2024

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, we will watch a discussion about laws to regulate or eliminate prostitution and their actual effect on sex workers. Activist Juno Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination.

In a second video, Human Rights for Sex Workers, Gauri van Gulik, the former Deputy Europe Director of Amnesty International, explains why Amnesty International voted to pursue a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers.

You can watch these videos at:
https://www.ted.com/talks/juno_mac_the_laws_that_sex_workers_really_want
and at:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/sex-workers-rights-are-human-rights/

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