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10 November, No meeting
17 November, Martin Horlacher: “Cosmism and the Origins of Transhumanism: An Overview of the Philosophy and Ideas of Nikolai Fyodorov”
Russian cosmism is a philosophical and cultural movement that emerged in Russia during the 19th and 20th centuries. A precursor to the 21st-century philosophical and scientific movement known as transhumanism, it entailed a broad theory of natural philosophy, combining elements of religion and ethics with ideas about the potential future of the human race. Perhaps its best known and most outspoken advocate was the Russian Orthodox Christian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov, who advocated radical life extension, physical immortality and even resurrection of the dead – all using scientific methods, rather than religious ones.
24 November, Rev. Geoff Usher: “Spiritual Gifts for Human Needs”
Unless you are a contortionist, you can see less than two thirds of your body without the aid of a mirror. For some parts, like the back of your head, you need two mirrors. We cannot see our whole selves without the aid of the mirrors which other people hold up for us. We are incomplete psychologically or emotionally without the companionship, the support, the love of other people.
1 December, Rev. Rex Hunt: “Cards, Carols, and Claus: Christmas in Religion and Popular Culture.”
Following on from this time last year, I want to briefly present some examples of Christmas popular culture.
I have chosen four:
(i) the Christmas Card,
(ii) the world’s most popular Christmas Song,
(iii) Christmas ‘Carols by Candlelight’,
(iv) the artistic development of Santa Claus.
8 December, No Meeting
15 December, Christmas Party Service