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« on: 2006-01-19 04:30:15 »
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Dear US Virians,

Skeptic Magazine has an amazing line up for this winters lecture series.

For example:

Breaking the Spell
Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
with Dr. Daniel Dennett

Sunday, February 26th, 2pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech, Pasadena, CA

One of the greatest thinkers of our age tackles one of the most
important questions of our time: why people believe in God and how
religion shapes our lives and our future. In this lecture, based on his
new book of the same title, Dr. Dennett shows that for the vast majority
of people there is nothing more important than religion. It is an
integral part of their marriage, child rearing, and community. Dennett
takes a hard look at this phenomenon and asks: Where does our devotion
to God come from and what purpose does it serve? Is religion a blind
evolutionary compulsion or a rational choice? In a spirited
investigation that ranges widely through history, philosophy, and
psychology, Dennett explores how organized religion evolved from folk
beliefs and why it is such a potent force today. Deftly and lucidly, he
contends that the "belief in belief" has fogged any attempt to
rationally consider the existence of God and the relationship between
divinity and human need.

Dr. Dennett is a professor and director of the Center for Cognitive
Studies at Tufts University, and the author of the highly acclaimed
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Consciousness Explained, and Freedom Evolves.


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