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Re: [bookclub-792] come see Richard Dawkins (Oct 7), Alison Gopnik and Hubert Dreyfus (Oct 11)

From: Betty K.
Sent on: Monday, September 14, 2009 12:12 AM
I went to the taping of Philosophy Talk in July at the Marsh when they were discussing language, and only regretted that the show wasn't twice as long.

Good guys and not trivial in their understanding or answers.

Hi to all...

On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM, Peter <[address removed]> wrote:
I mentioned these upcoming author talks at our meeting today.

On Wednesday, October 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing at Dana), Richard Dawkins will be speaking to promote a new book that will be released in the U.S. next week. ?Here's the blurb:

Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion created a storm of controversy over the question of God's existence. Now, in The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins presents a stunning counterattack against advocates of "Intelligent Design" that explains the evidence for evolution while keeping an eye trained on the absurdities of the creationist argument.
More than an argument of his own, it's a thrilling tour into our distant past and into the interstices of life on earth. Taking us through the case for evolution step-by-step, Dawkins looks at DNA, selective breeding, anatomical similarities, molecular family trees, geography, time, fossils, vestiges and imperfections, human evolution, and the formula for a strong scientific theory. Dawkins' trademark wit and ferocity is joined by an infectious passion for the beauty and strangeness of the natural world, proving along the way that the mechanisms of the natural world are more miraculous -- a "greater show" -- than any creation story generated by any religion on earth.
Tickets $12 in advance ($6 students with ID in advance), or $15 at the door.
I would say, judging from the turnout at Dawkins' appearance at Cal last year, that this event will probably sell out. ?Anyone planning to ask Dawkins a question about group selection should probably first read this article and some of its links:,2121,The-Group-Delusion,Richard-Dawkins

And on Sunday, October 11th, at San Francisco's Marsh Theater (1062 Valencia Street, near 24th & Mission), Profs. John Perry and Ken Taylor of the Stanford University philosophy department will be moderating discussions with two Cal professors, Alison Gopnik (Psychology) and Hubert Dreyfus (Philosophy):

* ?12 noon - "From the Minds of Babies" ?Consciousness, morality, meaning and truth have perplexed and puzzled generations upon generations of philosophers. But could it be that we have been looking in all the wrong places to solve these imponderable mysteries? Could the minds of babies hold the key to philosophical progress? Join John and Ken for an enlightening discussion of the Minds of Babies and what they have to teach us about philosophy, with renowned developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell us about Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.

* ?3 pm - "Nihilism and Meaning" ?The ancients believed in an enchanted universe -- a universe suffused with meaning and purpose. But with the dawn of modernity, ?philosophy and science conspired together to disenchant the universe, to reveal it as entirely devoid of meaning and purpose. Must any rational and reflective person living in the 21st century accept such nihilism? Or is there a way to re-infuse the disenchanted universe with meaning and purpose? Join John and Ken for a thought-provoking discussion of Nihilism and Meaning with their guest Hubert Dreyfus, author of the forthcoming Luring Back the Gods.
$20 for one performance; $35 for both.

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