Cleveland Chapter Meeting at Garfield Heights Library
The topic turns from the arts to the sciences in November when Randy Pelton discusses the Cosmic Perspective, grounded in science, and its relationship to secular humanism. The November meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at the Garfield Heights Library (5409 Turney Rd). The human perspective on the cosmos has, throughout nearly all of recorded human history, been dominated by magical thinking and supernatural beliefs about the place and role of humans in the story of the cosmos. To this day, the world's various religious belief systems have an enormous influence on the views of about 93% of the world's estimated 7.5 billion people. This has, however, been slowly changing since the birth of modern science about 500 years ago. As a consequence of the discoveries of science, more and more members of our species have come to realize that we humans do not occupy a central or privileged position in either the physical space of the cosmos or in its unfolding story. The God Perspective is gradually being replaced by the more accurate Cosmic Perspective, a perspective based upon a more factual narrative of the history of the cosmos and the relationship, role and place of humans in that history. Who better than Randy Pelton, an active humanist and a retired science teacher, to explain this Cosmic Perspective and its relevance to humanism? A CFI member for 11 years, Randy is currently the CFI NE Ohio vice president of programming for the Akron group. In addition to CFI NE Ohio, Randy's affiliations include the Northern Ohio Freethought Society (a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation), The Cleveland Freethinkers, The Cleveland Skeptics, The Cleveland Humanist Alliance, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, The American Humanist Association, and the Council for Secular Humanism. During his teaching career, he taught a variety of science courses including earth science (combination of geology, oceanography, meteorology and paleontology), physical science (physics and chemistry), astronomy, environmental science, and biology.