The second in the series is:
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm: Dr. Joshua D. Greene, Professor of Psychology and a member of the Center for Brain Science faculty at Harvard University, will present Human Morality: Features and Bugs. Dr. Green will provide an opinionated overview of human morality, drawing on insights from psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. He will discuss the two kinds of moral problems and two kinds of moral thinking.
For over a decade Dr. Green’s lab has used behavioral and neuroscientific methods to study moral judgment, focusing on the interplay between emotion and reason in moral dilemmas. More recent work examines how the brain combines concepts to form thoughts and how thoughts are manipulated in reasoning and imagination. He is the author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them. Dr.Green will join us via Skype.
These are free and open to the public. Light supper provided to those who registered in advance. Feel free to bring your own vegetarian dinner.
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 pm: Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at UO. Dr. Norgaard will be speaking on indigenous cultural revitalization connected to climate change, specifically the importance of cultural burning as preventative for the very large fires that have been happening recently.
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm: Dr. Elliott Berkman, Associate Professor Psychology, UO, will speak on topics related to goals, self-control, commitments, and related barriers.
Our synagogue is part of a national project entitled “Scientists in Synagogues,” a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Click to learn more.