Matter of Facts

Matter of Facts

Science and faith are simply different ways of knowing the world, right?

Each with their own advantages?  Each focused on their separate magisteria?

Well . . . no, not really.  Because it turns out facts matter.  And if we don't come to grips with that soon, we're likely to have a rough road ahead - albeit, quite possibly, a short one.  Now, if you're all geared up for the Rapture and see that as a feature rather than a bug, then I suppose there's no reason to get worked up at this point.  But if you're amongst the many who'd rather not saddle those who come after us with a truly dystopian future, I hope you'll join us for a lively discussion about the growing list of catastrophic to existential threats we face as a species, and how the denial of science, which has become so fashionable in our halls of power, is helping slide us down the slippery slope toward oblivion.

Featured speakers include Phil Torres (appearing live) and Donald Prothero (via Skype).

Phil Torres is an author, musician, philosopher, and neuroscientist.  He's also an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the author of The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse.

Donald Prothero is a geologist & paleontologist who served as a college professor for over three decades; has been on the editorial boards of several major scientific journals; and authored over 300 peer reviewed papers along with thiry-five books including Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten our Future

Moderated by Robert Penczak.

Program by SavedByScience & Greater Richmond Humanists, with generous support from the American Humanist Association.

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 from 1-3pm
Main Auditorium, First Unitarian Universalist Church
1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221