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The Soul Fallacy -- featuring renowned author Julien Musolino
Most people believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the traditional soul, although this conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. In this presentation, a cognitive scientist breaks the taboo and explains why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion. Although the new scientific view of personhood departs radically from traditional religious conceptions, a coherent, meaningful, and sensitive appreciation of what it means to be human remains intact. We do not lose anything by letting go of our soul beliefs; we even have something important to gain. ------------------------------------------- The Atlanta Skeptics are excited to bring to you a presentation by renowned author and cognitive scientist Julien Musolino. Please join us at the Harp Irish Pub and hear this fascinating presentation by the author of "The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain From Letting Go Of Our Soul Beliefs". The presentation will begin at 8 PM. Please arrive at 7 PM to be seated, have a meal and/or a drink, and enjoy the company of fellow critical thinkers prior to the talk. There is *NO CHARGE* for this event. All are welcome. Please join us!! Your Atlanta Skeptics Organizers, Derek Colanduno Chris Jones Thanks to Cindy Brown for her assistance with the event. Thanks to the Marietta Skeptics and GUST(Gwinnett Understanding Secular Truths) groups for sharing the event with their members, and a hearty welcome to the members of both of these organizations! *** Special thanks to Mark Ditsler & Abrupt Media for providing the excellent professional Audio/Video services for this and other Atlanta Skeptics events *** About Dr. Musolino: Julien completed his undergraduate education at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. In 1993, he was awarded an Erasmus fellowship and spent a year at the University of North Wales, Bangor, in the United Kingdom, where we he was enrolled in the masters program in theoretical linguistics. The following year, Julien moved to the United States to work on his Ph.D. which he received from the University of Maryland in 1998. Upon completion of his doctoral work, Julien was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science. This was followed by the award of a three year National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Julien was offered his first faculty position in 2001 and served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University. He received tenure in 2007. The same year, he was offered a tenured faculty position at Rutgers University where he currently holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science.

The Harp Irish Pub

1425 Market Blvd · Roswell, GA

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In contemporary vernacular, skeptic generally means someone who questions conventional wisdom, or someone who habitually or excessively doubts. It is often used as a pejorative to mean closed-minded. This is the baggage that the modern term “skeptic” must deal with, and it is about as far away as you can get from skepticism as defined by those who actually call themselves skeptics.

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