Humanist Meeting On Self-directed Learning with Fiction

Tonight, I will moderate a humanist meeting on “Self-directed Learning with Fiction”. Here’s the blurb:

Fiction can shape us. However, such shaping can be slow and unreliable; so we might be wasting opportunities. Experiencing fiction can also have insidious, harmful effects. In passively processing fiction, we may be forfeiting control over who we become. In this meeting, you are invited to share stories of (a) how story has transformed you, and (b) how story has failed to transform you. We will explore active ways in which (a) we can avoid being transformed for the worse through fiction, (b) we can better improve ourselves through fiction.


  • The topic is processing fiction of others, rather than creating our own public fiction.
  • This being a humanist group, please refrain from drawing on biblical or other religious examples at the meeting. Plenty of great literature, plays, songs films to choose from.


I’m writing a couple of books, one of which is related to this topic: Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind.. These books are two one of many projects, so they’ve been dragging out much longer than my first first books. I now expect to publish them in Q1 and Q2 of 2017.

Recommended Readings

My three previous blog posts are germane to this topic:

Evolution Misbehaving, Maybe!

Dr. Al Sather was scheduled to present at the Humanist meeting this evening. His presentation on “Evolution Misbehaving, Maybe!” will be postponed.

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Luc P. Beaudoin

Head of CogZest. Author of Cognitive Productivity books. Co-founder of CogSci Apps Corp. Adjunct Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University. Why, Where, and What I Write. See About Me for more information.

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