LA & OC - 06-21-09 Dr. Jeff Schweitzer: Moral Life in a Random World
Posted: 12 June 2009 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Moral Life in a Random World
with Dr. Jeff Schweitzer

Sunday, June 21 –
11 a.m., Hollywood; 4:30 p.m. – Costa Mesa

  Morality is the biological destiny of humans, who have the power to create their own meaning in life, sense of purpose, and destiny. Whereas religion claims that happiness and fulfillment are found from submission to a higher power, Dr. Jeff Schweitzer will define these terms quite differently as he has done in his new book, Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World.
  We will not appeal to religion or god, Schweitzer says. Happiness and fulfillment are derived from the freedom to discover within ourselves our inherent good, and then to act on that better instinct, not because of any mandate from above or in obedience to the Bible, but because we can.
  Dr. Schweitzer is a scientist who 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. As a former White House science advisor under the Clinton Administration, he provided policy advice and analysis to the President, Vice President Al Gore and the director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy. Dr. Schweitzer says that from that perch, he realized “that one critical element was missing from global efforts to bring science, conservation and development together; there was no appropriate ethical foundation providing a compelling mandate.”
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 21st, 2009.
COST: $8
The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
The program will be repeated at 4:30 PM in Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627