July BBQ and Book Swap

I’ll be attending the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s July 23 BBQ and Book Swap at Fort Washington State Park in Pennsylvania.

Meet me and others from the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia at their upcoming BBQ and Book Swap for a nice outdoor event with food, conversation, community, and games.

Find the event here on Meetup.com and see more information below in the advertisement. See you there!

Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists Speech

I recently presented on the topic of Stoic Philosophy for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. Watch the video on YouTube and listen on SoundCloud.

From the introduction to my speech:

Secular humanists — subscribing to no religious worldview — face questions of how they can find meaning in life, have an ethical foundation, cope with hardships, and come to terms with death. Religious individuals draw upon their various traditions for answers to many of life’s big questions, but non-religious individuals may find themselves to be at a loss – especially in the eyes of the religious – to establish and explain a solid framework for living a coherent examined ethical life.

Stoic Philosophy – popularized by Ancient Greek and Roman thinkers like Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca – offers practical wisdom with which Secular Humanists and people of all backgrounds can improve their lives by finding responses to many perennial challenges.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and having contentment through casting away anxiety and certain desires. Stoic writers urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement including strengthening and improving one’s mindset is central to Stoic thought. Even though many Stoic writers are centuries removed from us, their wisdom endures and is extremely relevant to our time.

This speech – referencing Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ — will focus on central themes within Stoic Philosophy including having an ethical foundation for life, finding purpose, dealing with death, overcoming adversity, acceptance, distinguishing what’s inside and outside our control, and working toward contentment.

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Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists June 25 speech

I’ll be speaking for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s monthly speaker series on June 25, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA at the Upper Moreland Library.

Next month, I will be delivering a one-hour presentation titled ‘Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists’ and engaging with audience members in a question and answer period. Following the presentation and Q&A, I’ll join event attendees for dinner. This event is free and open to the public.

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Hosting Stoic Philosophy discussion May 21

I’ll be leading a Stoic Philosophy discussion group focusing on the topic of friendship at 2 P.M. on May 21, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. The event will take place in the second floor community room at Giant supermarket. This event is open to the public, free of charge, and hosted by the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

After the discussion group, attendees are welcome to join me and others for dinner and further discussion in the downstairs cafe area.

What can you expect? I’ve uploaded videos from previous discussion groups and other content on YouTube and SoundCloud.

The entire discussion is not recorded and attendees’ comments are not included the the videos, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ will be referred to in this discussion.

At discussion groups, I provide a short introduction to Stoic Philosophy and lead discussion based on whichever topic is chosen for the month using passages from Stoic writers including some of my own thoughts. Members react to the passages, share their thoughts, and we have good discussion.

More information about the event, including an RSVP list, is here on the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s meetup page.

Hosting Stoic Philosophy Discussion April 9

I’ll be leading a Stoic Philosophy discussion group focusing on the topic of free will at 2 P.M. on April 9, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. The event will take place in the second floor community room at Giant supermarket. This event is open to the public, free of charge, and hosted by the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

After the discussion group, attendees are welcome to join me and others for dinner and further discussion in the downstairs cafe area.

What can you expect? I’ve uploaded some videos from previous discussion groups aside other content on my YouTube channel. The entire discussion is not recorded and attendees’ comments are not included the the videos, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

We will discuss what may be in our control and outside our control; habits and changing habits; means to attain goals; the possibility of changing thoughts and behaviors to better live; and much more.

Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ will be referred to in this discussion.

At discussion groups, I provide a short introduction to Stoic Philosophy and lead discussion based on whichever topic is chosen for the month using passages from Stoic writers including some of my own thoughts. Members react to the passages, share their thoughts, and we have good discussion.

More information about the event, including an RSVP list, is here on the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s meetup page.

View footage from last month’s discussion group concerning the topic of gratitude: