CFI Lecture: From Cradle to Apocalypse: The Danger of Not Outgrowing Childhood

  • June 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM

To survive, the human being at birth must have a connection to a caretaker, resulting in the development of a whole range of early ways of thinking about and being in the world. Ideally, this gradually yields to a mature adult as free as possible of early emotional distortions. Unfortunately, conflicts at personal, communal, and world levels testify that this is not the common occurrence.

Dr. Sheldon Kardener, MD, a clinical professor at UCLA, reflects on the urgent, critical consequences for human survival when childhood thinking continues in adults, precisely because of the exponential growth and reach of weaponry. The paradox is that the vital connections that ensure human survival may be what now lead to the possibility of human extinction. Dr. Kardener discusses this phenomenon in explaining the stages of growth from a child's state of mind to, ideally, and adult's state of mind. However, he offers some specific antidotes all can employ to counter the danger.

Dr. Kardener was a mechanical engineer who then obtained his medical degree and completed a residency in psychiatry at UCLA. He lectures widely to both professional and lay audiences on topics including short-term therapy and couples psychotherapy. He has published several articles in professional journals and, with Monika Olofsson Kardener, Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), has published a book discussing emotional conflicts and their resolution called Breaking Free: How Chains From Childhood Keep Us From What We Want. He practices in Santa Monica.

Lecture: 11:00am - ~12:00pm
Q & A: 12:00 - ~12:30pm

About CFI-LA:  The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. See for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.

Admission Fees:
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Friends of the Center for Inquiry:
Public: $8
Students: $4

Located in the theater on the first floor (150 maximum capacity).

Free parking in their lot at the corner of Hollywood and Berendo, in back of the building (aka The Steve Allen Theatre).  If the lot fills up, there is also metered street parking.

The entrance is on the west side patio area, first floor.

CFI-LA Refreshment Stand and Bookstore:
CFI has a wonderful bookstore, so come early if you wish you see all their great books and fun stuff they have available for purchase. 
They also offer coffee, tea and cookies for purchase... yummy!

Optional lunch following the lecture:
As is the CFI-LA's tradition, optional lunch following the lecture is located one block away at
 a Thai restaurant which has an affordable extensive menu. 

Bamboo House
4852 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9002

To view their menu: .

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    Hi folks! I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it or not. If I do, I will hold up a "B&C" sign at the little cocktail tables in the waiting area for those who wish to sit together. Enjoy the lecture!

    May 31, 2013

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    Would love to come, but I have a professional meeting that morning.

    May 31, 2013

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