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Prof. Joshua Fost Speaks at Free Event on Tue. Dec. 10

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Portland State University (PSU) philosophy professor Joshua Fost will be giving a free public presentation at “The Sunday Assembly” on Tue. Dec. 10 (a free event). He'll be referring to John Conway's "Game of Life" and Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," regarding the event themes of "the celebration of life" and "wonder more." Click here to see all details and to get free tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nl5hh9o .

Joshua Fost is also the author of “If Not God, Then What? Neuroscience, Aesthetics, and the Origins of the Transcendent.” You can find more info about this book on Amazon,com: http://tinyurl.com/m4z2tx9 . The book description listing says this:

“Fost shows how the search for beauty is the source of both religious experience and scientific theorizing. The pleasure of seeing a beautiful face, the thrill of understanding a new idea, the sublimity of art and the power of religious transformation are all, in the end, the result of a brain that wants to make sense of the world. Weaving ideas from brain science and everyday activities — from Sunday cartoons to existentialism — Fost shows how a biological idiosyncrasy motivates them all. But if religious experience is just a special activity pattern in neurons, what should we think about its undeniable and emotionally transformative power? If everything we do is determined by physics, what is the basis for free will, or ethics? Blending receptivity to the glory of spiritual exultation with an insistence on naturalistic foundations, this book breaks new ground and gives its readers insight into a compelling new worldview.”

(You can also click on the video on the top left of this page to see a YouTube video by Prof. Fost on his reflections about nature.)

In addition, part of the “Sunday Assembly” program is to have some community members share about their life experiences, along the theme of “live better, help often, and wonder more.” Steven Balogh (from the PSU Freethinker’s Student Group) will be sharing about what he’s trying to do with his life; dreams, goals, and motivations. Freya Carmen will also be sharing some inspirational material, and giving her interpretation of it.

The Sunday Assembly is an organization that bills itself as a godless church; or as one of the founders Sanderson Jones says it, “Church without the god-bits.” If you are interested in other groups that discuss religion and philosophy, from a naturalistic viewpoint, a great place to look is on www.meetup.com for events near you. For example, The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is having a group discussion about “Existentialism” on Dec. 17. More details are here: http://tinyurl.com/kk6jemf .

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