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Humanist Explorations - "But it changes your DNA!"
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 2:30PM
"But it changes your DNA!"
Some people claim that the COVID-19 vaccine alters the DNA of the recipient. https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/will-mrna-vaccine-alter-my-dna and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html are two articles that explain how the mRNA vaccine works. But there's more to the story. This technology may become the new standard for all kinds of vaccines. https://academictimes.com/first-vaccine-to-fully-immunize-against-malaria-builds-on-pandemic-driven-rna-tech/ is an article about a promising malaria vaccine. For advanced or very interested readers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7474593/ is a research paper explaining how an saRNA vaccine works. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86886923216 Meeting ID:[masked]
Monday, March 15, 2021, 7:00PM
This is our monthly meeting, held on the third Monday of the month. The main program is announced closer to the date of the…
USNH, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden CT
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 2:30PM
This is our monthly discussion meeting, held at 2:30 PM on the first Saturday of each…
Virtual Social Dinner
Monday, April 5, 2021, 7:00PM
Join us for our Virtual Social Dinner, and discuss a wide range of topics with like-minded people. For more information, see…
"Blueprint" by Nicholas A. Christakis
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2:30PM
Our book for March is "Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society" by Yale sociologist Nicholas A. Christakis.
For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions – our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations – we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.
In "Blueprint", Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide.
“As he explores human nature and its possibilities, the author touches on all sorts of fascinating anthropological matters, such as the evolution of monogamy and the relative friendliness of affluent vs. working-class people. A refreshingly optimistic view of our kind.” – Kirkus Reviews
"Deaths of Despair" by Anne Case & Angus Deaton
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2:30PM
Our book for April is “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism” by Princeton economists Anne Case & Angus Deaton. From …
"The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 2:30PM
Our book for May is “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. From Amazon:Nothing in the whole of literature compares with…
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