“Beyond Cosmic Dice” with Dr. Jeff Schweitzer

Friday, June 19th 2009 at 6:30 pm
World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

Morality is our biological destiny.  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, Dr. Schweitzer will define these terms quite differently.  We will 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 the author of Vote to Save the Planet and the new book, Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World.

Dr. Schweitzer began his scientific career in the fields of marine biology and neurophysiology earning his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.  In 1984, he joined the Center for Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine, and in 1991 he was appointed as the Chief Environmental Officer at the State Department's Agency for International Development.

In 1992, he was made Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for the President's Science Advisor and the Vice President.

During his tenure at the White House, Dr. Schweitzer 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.  Since his retirement from government, Dr. Schweitzer has devoted himself to the task of articulating and promoting such an ethic, a new way to ensure that humans can grow and prosper indefinitely in a healthy environment.  To learn more, please visit www.jeffschweitzer.com .

Copies of Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World will be available for sale and signing at the event.

General Admission: $10
Friends of the Center: FREE

Doors open: 6:00 p.m.
Program starts: 6:30 p.m.

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