How might the flourishing life and human sciences change humanism?
Looking back a century, the humanism of 1900 was an optimistic vision informed by the steady march of physical science and inspired vaguely by the recent evolutionary theory. However physics, chemistry and social Darwinism gave little guidance about how to build a good society, while empowering bad societies.
The last century, and particularly the new millennium have seen increasing richness of the life sciences and investigations of human nature; this proliferation of knowledge may enrich and shape humanism in this century.
This talk will discuss the promises and limitations of genetics for human health and well-being; how new biotechnologies may meet the challenge of disease; how modern genetics both places humans within nature and conclusively refutes the ‘scientific racism’ of the past; how brain sciences show how diversely we all operate; how archaeology and social science are uncovering the conditions under which cooperation flourishes. All these may flow into the great current of humanism, if we choose to embrace them.
Tuesday, October, 7:00-8:30pm ET. We’ll be streaming this talk on Zoom — learn more about Zoom and sign up for free here.
Watch this talk here: https://americanhumanist.org/CriticalMinds
Mark Reimers is an associate professor in the neuroscience program at Michigan State University where he integrates statistical analysis with biology theory while analyzing and interpreting the very large data sets now being generated in neuroscience, especially from the high-throughput technologies developed by the BRAIN initiative. He graduated from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia and previously held appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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