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"The Soul Fallacy" - Julien Musolino, Ph.D.

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Join Gloucester County Humanists as we present Julien Musolino on "The Soul Fallacy," Saturday July 9, 12:00pm, ROOM B of the Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill Branch, 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill NJ, 08062.

Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

The Soul Fallacy

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, I will explain 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. More important, I will show that we do not lose anything by letting go of our soul beliefs and that we even have something important to gain.

Speaker Bio

Julien Musolino is a Franco-American cognitive scientist, public speaker, author, and associate professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he holds a dual appointment in the psychology department and the Center for Cognitive Science. Born and raised in France, Julien studied at the University of Geneva, in neighboring Switzerland, the University of North Wales, Bangor, in the United Kingdom, the University of Maryland, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous scientific articles, and is regularly invited to give lectures in the United States and around the world. The aim of Julien’s scientific work is to understand the functioning and development of aspects of the human mind such as language, reasoning, and critical thinking. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Julien is also deeply interested in science, the history and development of science, the public understanding of science, and the factors that interfere with the understanding and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Julien’s recent work focuses on the implications of the sciences of mind for a range of issues at the interface between science and society. The goal of this work is to promote the role, understanding, and importance of science, reason, and critical thinking, especially in a country like the United States. This work takes on a public dimension, and is represented by literary agencies in New York (The Gillian MacKenzie Agency) and London (Hardman & Swainson). Julien has appeared on national television, his work has been discussed in popular magazines, and he has been a guest on radio and podcast programs in the United States and abroad.

Julien Musolino, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science
Rutgers University, New Brunswick