11 a.m., April 30, 2023
Join the Humanist Forum, in person OR on Zoom.
This Sunday John Wathey will be at Mountain View to discuss his book The Illusion of God’s Presence: the Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing.
Science has only begun to make sense of religion’s powerful grip on the human mind. Why do seven percent of members of the National Academy of Sciences believe in a personal god who answers prayer? The question is important because it probes the most irresistible essence of the appeal of religious and spiritual thinking. Using evidence from visual illusions, behavioral biology, and neuroscience, he will offer an explanation for this and other puzzles of religion in terms of a cognitively impenetrable illusion, one that science has largely overlooked.
If you attend in person, COVID protocols will be followed. Vaccinations and masks will be required. If you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).
Also, we will continue to present our forums on Zoom. To join and be able to ask questions and make comments, click here.
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Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
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