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Do You Have a Soul? Cognitive Scientist Julien Musolino says “No.” Hear Why

Do You Have a Soul? Cognitive Scientist Julien Musolino says “No.” Hear Why

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Soul Fallacy Julien Musolino

Do you believe that you have a soul? If so, do you think that it will it survive the death of your body? Come and hear cognitive scientist, author and psychology professor Julien Musolinodiscuss “The Soul Fallacy,” from his book The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs, at the Freethought Society’s meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania at 7:00 PM.

“I decided to write this book because I’ve been teaching psychology and cognitive science for a number of years now, and I thought that there was one big elephant in the room,” Musolino said. “Students were told all the time about what we call the material basis of mind, but very rarely if ever were they told what this entails for popular conceptions of how we function mentally, the concept of the soul.”

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 concept of a traditional soul. This conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. Musolino will explain why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion, and he’ll also demonstrate that we don’t lose anything by letting go of “soul beliefs” and that there is something important to gain in doing so.

The aim of Musolino’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.

“It captures the fallacy that the idea that we have a soul which I think isn’t true,” Musolino said and which he demonstrates in his book, “but also the idea that is constantly repeated in our culture by different voices that unless we believe in the soul, unless people believe in the soul, then our lives would be devoid of meaning and purpose which I think is a fallacy as well. It’s perfectly fine, in fact perfectly normal, for a lot of people to not have those beliefs and live perfectly happy, meaningful lives.”

In addition to being a scientist, author and public speaker, Dr. Julien Musolino is a tenured professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science 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, he 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. He has appeared on television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, his work has been discussed in popular magazines, including Psychology Today, and he’s been a guest speaker on radio and podcast programs in the United States and abroad.

Musolino 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. His resent 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 and London as well as the Speakers Bureau of the Secular Student Alliance.

“As science is more and more subject to grave misuse as well as to use for human benefit it has also become the scientist’s responsibility to become aware of the social relations and applications of his subject, and to exert his influence in such a direction as will result in the best applications of the findings in his own and related fields. Thus he must help in educating the public, in the broad sense, and this means first educating himself, not only in science but in regard to the great isJulien Musolinosues confronting mankind today.”

Julien Musolino’s “The Soul Fallacy” presentation is free and open to the public and takes place Wednesday, August 24 at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010 at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Margaret Downey, Freethought Society President, at 610-357-9432, or email her at Margaret@FtSociety.org.

 

July-August 2016 Freethought Society Newsletter eZine

Click here to see the July / August 2016 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine. In this publication you will find the following articles:

  • An Overview of Reason Rally 2016 by Margaret Downey
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Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, Thursday April 14 at 7pm

 

Barbara Mancini

Barbara Mancini

 

On ThursdayApril 142016 The Freethought Society will host Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010.

The presentation entitled “Who gets to decide how you will die?” starts at 7:00 PM.

In 2013 Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. His end-of-life wishes were overridden by a hospice nurse and police authorities. His written advanced directives were also ignored and he was hospitalized and treated. Mancini’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and was roundly criticized throughout the media.

A judge dismissed the case due to “a lack of competent evidence.”

Mancini’s case was featured on National Public Radio and TV’s 60 Minutes. She has traveled the country speaking about her experiences and has become a vocal advocate for end-of-life  choice. Mancini will discuss her case, the broader issues involved, and the impact they have on the end of our lives.

Meet Lyz Liddell, the Exec Director of the 2016 Reason Rally

Are you planning or considering to attend the 2016 Reason Rally being held on June 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.? Do you seek more information and help in planning your trip? If so, you are invited to attend the Thursday, March 31, 2016 meeting to get answers to all your questions.

Join us at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010 on 3/31/16, at 7:00 PM.

Bring your questions and ideas, whether you plan to spend the entire weekend in the Washington, D.C. area or are just attending the Reason Rally one-day event. We will be discussing food, volunteers needed to represent The Freethought Society, activities, and addressing all concerns. We will also connect to Lyz Liddell, the Executive Director of the 2016 Reason Rally, via Skype. She will take questions from the audience and give us an update on who will be speaking and performing. She will also provide an overview of all the related Reason Rally activities being planned before, during and after the event.Lyz-Liddell-3

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