Meet the Author: Jeff Schweitzer on Moral Life in a Random World

Thursday, July 9th 2009 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 9th 2009 at 8:30 pm
SLC Conference Center, 352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets), 16th floor.

Join CFI-NYC to hear from former White House science advisor Dr. Jeff Schweitzer, co-author of the recent book Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World .

Morality is our biological destiny, and we each have within us the awesome power to create our own meaning in life, our own sense of purpose, our own destiny. We can move beyond the random hand of birth to pave our own road to a better life.  Whereas religion claims that happiness and fulfillment are found from submission to a higher power, Schweitzer defines these terms quite differently.  He does not appeal to religion or god.  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. Jeff 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. He is a former White House science advisor under the Clinton administration, providing policy advice and analysis for the President of the United States, Vice President Al Gore and the Director of the OSTP. 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.” 

Admission is free and open to the public.