Can someone please bring a backup laptop? I will be at work until 6pm today so it may take awhile to respond back to you.
Our scheduled speaker for tonight, Bill Lauritzen, canceled because he is ill. I will reschedule for another time. Sorry for the inconconvience. We will watch "Collision" a 2010 documentary about: Is Religion good for the world with Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson.
Last fall, we went on tour debating the topic "Is Religion Good For The World?" Our arguments were captured on film for a new documentary, Collison. Are our morals dictated to us by a supreme entity or do discoveries made by science and reason, make Atheism a natural conclusion? You decide.
Religion Is Absurd
by Christopher Hitchens
Religion will always retain a certain tattered prestige because it was our first attempt as a species to make sense of the cosmos and of our own nature, and because it continues to ask "why". Its incurable disability, however, lies in its insistence that the answer to that question can be determined with certainty on the basis of revelation and faith.
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Through Skype, Bill lauritzen will talk about his book, The Invention of God, his career, and life as an atheist in China. JOIN US for a visit with a very interesting man.
Here is a video clip that will lead you to other videos about Bill Lauritzen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTabpPJHado SCIENCE INVESTIGATOR.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, inventor of the communications satellite called Bill Lauritzen “some kind of genius.” Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize winner, invited him to present his ideas at the first international conference on the buckminsterfullerene molecule. Bill invented a new number system, designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called SpaceHenge, and wrote a paper explaining the value of geodesic domes. He also wrote a book about the origin of mythology, The Invention of God. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and received a master's degree from Purdue in Psychology. At the Air Force Academy, Bill was named the Outstanding Graduate in both Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. In the Air Force he designed jet cockpits as a usability engineer. He has now taught at 109 different schools, colleges and universities: in many schools the inner city of Los Angeles, at Otis College of Art and Design, at Los Angeles City College, at Johns Hopkins University (CTY), and at Columbia College Hollywood. He currently teaches at a prestigious national university in China, Xiamen University, where he is associated with the College of Foreign Language and Culture, and the Brain Like Intelligence Systems Laboratory. Please contact him for speaking engagements or consulting. He was also ranked by Swim Magazine in the Top Ten in the World in master's swimming. He has studied Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, and Mandarin.
"The Invention of God" http://www.amazon.com/The-Invention-God-Mythology-Religion/dp/0978754336
How did mythology and religion first begin? Where did the ideas of "God," "spirit" and "soul" come from? The author takes us to ancient times, showing us how early humans struggled to make sense of the world around them. Drawing on history, geology, volcanology, anthropology, chemistry, astronomy, archeology, oceanography, biology and cognitive science, the author reveals the surprising true meaning of our most sacred stories.
"Anyone interested in science and religion should read this book." Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., Psychology, UC Irvine.
"An interesting and thought-provoking book." Dr. Mamikon Mnatsakanian, Ph.D, Astrophysicist, Mathematician, California Institute of Technology.
About the Author Bill Lauritzen is an accomplished author, inventor, engineer, and scientist, and has been called a "Renaissance Man." His multidisciplinary approach has enabled him to make contributions in several fields, including education, mathematics, and cognitive science. His website is Earth360.com.
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