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Introduction to the movie, "Creation"

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
12:00pm
Date: 
September 14, 2013
Location: 

Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, California

Eugenie Scott will introduce the lead-off movie, Creation at The Fifth Atheist Film Festival. Creation was directed by Jon Amiel, and stars Paul Bettany and Creation, the movieJennifer Connelly (real-life husband & wife) as Charles and Emma Darwin. The film is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie (Martha West), as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species. John Collee wrote the script based on Randal Keynes's biography of Darwin titled Annie's Box.

Following Creation, the following will be shown:
Movie, The Revisionaries

  • The Revisionaries
  • Ron Goes To Heaven
  • Sophia Investigates the Good News Club
  • Kūmāré
  • Hug An Atheist
  • The Magdalene Sisters

The Film Festival, created in 2009, is the world's first film festival dedicated to showcasing feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated cinema created especially for the secular community. Whether you're an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, secular humanist, heathen, heretic, bright or just a fan of fresh, offbeat cinema that celebrates and encourages reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry both inside and outside of the movie theater, the Atheist Film Festival is for you.

For more information: 

see the Film Festival's webpage

For tickets and show times, go to Brown Paper Tickets

Solano Stroll

Featuring: 
NCSE Staff

NCSE table

Time: 
10:00am to 6:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2013
Location: 

Solano Avenue
Look for us across from Cactus Taqueria, near the east end of the Street Fair
Albany, California
 

Come meet us in person at this fun family street fair -- music, food, entertainment, crafts, and a parade!

Hominin Skulls

 

We will have hominin fossils and real live hominins. Also, this is your chance to support NCSE with a purchase of a t-shirt, book, or bumpersticker. And if you have questions, we have resources.

 

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Defending Evolution – and Some Other Sciences

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
10:15am
Date: 
September 2, 2013
Location: 

Auditorium 1
Georg Sverdrups Building
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
 

In the United States, evolution and climate change are socially – though not scientifically—controversial. What is the origin of these movements, and what are scientists doing to counter them?

 

This presentation is for the
Kristine Bonnevie Lectures in Evolutionary Biology
hosted by the
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis

 

 

Talking Climate Science, Talking Climate Policy

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau

Joshua Rosenau

Time: 
11:30am to 12:30pm
Date: 
August 15, 2013
Location: 

AAAS
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC
 

Danger lurks when scientists talk about policy. When scientists endorse a particular policy to address the climate change-related problems they study, audiences can question the integrity of their science (as discussed here: www.eenews.net/stories/1059966968). But laying out the dangers of climate change without presenting a solution can leave audiences feeling powerless, and makes the science seem powerless, too. Science Online Climate logoHow can scientists and science communicators ethically bring their expertise to bear on policy questions, without compromising the integrity or independence of the science they publish and present? Are scientists ethically obliged to share what their research says about policy, or are they ethically bound to steer clear of policy debates when they talk science?

Suggested reading: Nisbet, M.C. (2009). The Ethics of Framing Science. In B. Nerlich, B. Larson, & R. Elliott (Eds.). Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions (pp 51-74). London: Ashgate.

A Workshop at
ScienceOnline Climate
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From Quarks to Consciousness: Evolving into Moral and Spiritual Understanding

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter Hess, Ph.D.

Date: 
August 9, 2013
Location: 
Buena Vista Community Center
715 East Main Street
Buena Vista, Colorado

How can we reinterpret the doctrine that humans are created in the image of God to reflect what we know from science? Are humans “stardust become conscious of itself 13.7 billion years after the Big Bang?” The assumption that humans are made in the image of God is fundamental to the scriptural teaching about the nature of human existence and makes human kind capable of comprehending and responding to God’s invitation. How have these leftovers from the Big Bang evolved into beings with moral understanding and judgment, with spiritual awareness and responsiveness and who are able to assume the responsibility for creation.

Presentation is part of the
Collegiate Peaks Forum Series


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Prehistoric Pain: Dinosaur Suffering and the Evolutionary Hermeneutic

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter Hess, Ph.D.

Date: 
August 8, 2013
Location: 
Buena Vista Community Center
715 East Main Street
Buena Vista, Colorado

Can I believe in a good, omnipotent and omniscient God in the face of evolutionary evil? Why did the dinosaurs and other animals suffer so much pain? The evidence for evolution is so overwhelming that we should at least consider it to be a truth about the natural world. The belief that God created the world makes it easier to understand the workings of the natural world through the senses that were given to us by God. Denying science is a profoundly unsound theological position. Science and faith are but two ways of searching for the same truths. Some questions that will be discussed: If humans were the desired end result of evolutionary history, then why would a good God have initiated a process involving 3.5 billion years of suffering on the part of pre-human animals?; and If the metaphysical premise is of a God that is all-knowing, all powerful and benevolent, then why does suffering exist? These are burning questions that are being debated in both scientific and religious circles and are of interest to many people in today’s society. When science and religion work together, answers can be found and understanding can be achieved.

Presentation is part of the
Collegiate Peaks Forum Series


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Independent Investigation Group Awards

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

IIG Awards

Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
July 29, 2013
Location: 

The Steve Allen Theatre
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, California
 

For more information: 

Visit the IIG website

Evolving into the Image of God

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter Hess, Ph.D.
Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
July 20, 2013
Location: 
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee

This paper explores theological dimensions at the intersection of biological evolution and the Christian doctrine of the “image of God.” How can we reinterpret the doctrine of the imago Dei to reflect what we know from science, that humans are “stardust become conscious of itself” 13.7 billion years after the Big Bang?

The Bible does not contain a well-developed doctrine ASA Logoof the “image of God.” However, the moral and spiritual response of humans to the Word of God is intelligible only in light of the imago Dei.

The imago Dei is a foundational teaching of Christian theology, for only if humans reflect God’s image are we able to comprehend and respond to God’s invitation.

This paper will argue in light of contemporary science that the primary criteria for reflecting the image of God are moral understanding, spiritual responsiveness, the capability of sustaining authentic relationships, and a sense of responsibility for God’s creation. This is a theology in which God works in, with, and through creation to transmit the soul integrally through the evolution of human physical nature and its increasing neural endowment. This theology is consistent with a Hebraic understanding of the person as a psychosomatic unity, and addresses a number of important theological problems: (1) it argues against a dualism in which all and only human souls are “saved”; (2) it dissolves the genetically unintelligible disjunction between prehuman hominids and Homo sapiens; (3) it renders ecological theology more coherent; and (4) it maintains the integrity of both scientific and theological perspectives on reality.


This is a presentation at the
American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting

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Science Education and Climate Change

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Time: 
2:00pm
Date: 
July 18, 2013
Location: 
Las Trampas Room
Rossmoor Hillside Clubouse
3400 Lower Golden Rain Road
Walnut Creek, California
(map)

Dr. Berbeco will discuss how climate change will impact California communities and the science behind these predictions. Learn how this information is being presented to students across the county for 21st century challenges.

Note: Rossmoor is a gated community off Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek. Tell the gate man you are attending a club meeting. Directions: After the gate - turn first right onto Golden Rain Road and Go 0.5 mile (up a hill and down). At the bottom turn left onto LOWER Golden Rain Road. Go 0.4 mile. Entrance for parking is on the left. We will be in the Las Trampas Room near far end of the long building alongside the lawn bowling rinks.

The Best Evidence for Evolution

Featuring: 
Andrew J Petto, Ph.D.
Andrew Petto, Ph.D.
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
June 22, 2013

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