THE MORAL ARC: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
When: Tuesday January 20, 2014 @ 7PM
Where: NYU Dental School, 345 E. 24th St. at the corner of 1st. Av. Nagle Auditorium, 6th floor.
General Admission: $15; NYC Skeptics members: $5. Bitcoin accepted. REGISTER NOW!
Bestselling author Michael Shermer demonstrates how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism—scientific ways of thinking—have made people, and society as a whole, more moral.
Shermer describes an ever-expanding “moral sphere,” in which more members of our species (and now even other species) are seen as legitimate participants in the moral community. Over time, we no longer only consider the well-being of ourselves, our family, extended family, and local community; rather, our consideration now extends to people quite unlike ourselves, with whom we gladly trade goods and ideas and exchange sentiments and genes rather than beating, enslaving, or killing them.
Touching on religion, human rights, feminism, the legal system, gay rights, and even animal rights, Shermer leaves no stone unturned to show how science has fostered and will continue to foster morality in every aspect of modern life.
Michael Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and eight other books on the history and evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He lives in Southern California.
There will be a social gathering after the event. Time and location TBD.