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Futures Reading Group

Science Fiction occupies a special place in the hearts of humanists, freethinkers, and dreamers because it complicates and critiques our imagination of the future and the issues of our present. Contemplating and acting with the future in mind is an ethical endeavor and a way of honoring one of the schools of philosophy (Process) that replaced the transcendental edge of Felix Adler’s explanation of Ethical Culture.

As folks concerned with ethics, reason and social justice, we should be concerned with and also shaping the future in intentional ways. This reading group will explore works that range from nonfiction to fiction that engage with the problems and potentials of Futures.

We begin in November 2022 with a noted recent work by William MacAskill What We Owe the Future. We will continue with works that engage with Futures from different perspectives such as race, gender, and sexuality.

A podcast about our first book:  Three Sentences That Could Change the World — And Your Life

Facilitator is RYSEC Leader Christian Hayden.

There is no charge for the group though donations are always welcome to help defray staff and technical costs.


Dec 14 2022


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Zoom Meeting


Online: Zoom only


Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture


  • Christian Hayden
    Christian Hayden

    Christian Hayden is a part of the RYSEC Leader team, beginning in the fall of 2022. He has been a member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and Future of Ethical Societies (the young adult group within the Ethical movement).


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

Directions to the Ethical Society

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