Episode 102 - Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World
November 21, 2011
Today on Center Stage … is life cold and amoral, or is morality written in our genes? The world was never designed for us – it was never designed at all – but that need not dismay us. Solid guideposts for moral living are part of our genetic heritage. Human beings have the best of both worlds – deep ethical intuitions shared with all social animals, as well as the intelligence to apply these principles to novel situations.
Considerations like these highlight this lecture by Jeffrey Schweitzer is a marine biologist and former Clinton White House Science Advisor. He has written extensively on topics of morality, religion, politics, and science – how they relate to each other, and their importance in today’s polarized social environment. His books include Vote to Save the Planet and Beyond Cosmic Dice, co-authored with Giuseppe Notarbartolo-di-Sciara.
This presentation was presented by the Center for Inquiry – Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 23, 2009.