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Capital District Humanist Society

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The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.



Special Event -Sunday, April 12th, 2020!

 

Given the current virus situation and the need for social distancing, and the desire of the Capital District Humanist Society to maintain a semblance of normalcy, we are continuing our monthly programs, in a virtual format. The April meeting will take place on Sunday, the 12th, at 1 PM. Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail. Any one who is not a current paid member of CDHS can request an invite to the virtual meeting by sending an e mail to: Webmaster@humanistsociety.org.

 

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:

…and T. rex cried, “the sky is falling!”: the day the dinosaurs died

 

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Scientists have recognized for some time that there have been in the last 500 million years of Earth history, five major events during which between 75 percent and 95 percent of all species and individuals on Earth very rapidly disappeared. The latest event, excluding the present period (which is referred to as the ‘sixth extinction’ event), occurred approximately 66 million years ago. Once this was recognized, the scientific community went looking for a cause. Every possible secular and biblical mechanism was proposed. The two most likely candidates were colossal volcanic eruptions or an asteroid impact.

The guilty asteroid crater was identified on the Yucatan Peninsula, but the idea of a significant volcanic contribution to this doomsday event persists. This whole discussion went big time with the discovery and extensive reporting in the New Yorker last year of a deposit in North Dakota. We’re talking about sediments which helped conceptualize the hour by hour events that eventually led to the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites and 75 percent of the species living on the planet 66 million years ago.

Frank H Wind is a retired geologist who worked for Texaco USA as a micropaleontologist and senior reservoir geologist in Los Angeles, Denver and Houston. He received his graduate degrees in micropaleontology and stratigraphy from Florida State University. He is on the Executive Committee CDHS. Frank is a professional storyteller, who performs with his wife, Dee, as “Frank-Lee Speaking”.

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Please disregard the information below. Given the current virus situation and the need for social distancing, and the desire of the Capital District Humanist Society to maintain a semblance of normalcy, we are continuing our monthly programs, in a virtual format. The April meeting will take place on Sunday, the 12, at 1 PM. Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail. Any one who is not a current paid member of CDHS can request an invite to the virtual meeting by sending an e mail to: Webmaster@humanistsociety.org.

  • Program 1:15 p.m; (Refreshments 12:30)
    • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
    • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
    • Admission: Free.

    • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!
  • Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

    Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

    Monthly meetings

    CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

    We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.


    Click here for directions.


    Click here for the upcoming meeting.

     

    Other Activities

    In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


    Affiliations

    CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:

     

    Newsletter

    Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.



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