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  • 05/15/2017 - 2:00pm

    Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral
    From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy.

    In "The Moral Arc," Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

    May 15, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

Book Group Information

The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. All are welcome. Join us if you love to read and discuss books! We are group #17 at Bloomsbury’s if you choose to get your books there. Note that we have switched our meeting date to Monday beginning October 20, 2014.

The Jefferson Center Library
A small collection of writings on religion and non-religion, philosophy, history and science is housed at the Jeff Center . When you visit for an event, have a look. Books and re-prints can be checked out by members of the Jeff Center using the checkout sheet. If you have a book you’d like to contribute to our library, bring it in.