Brain Lectures in Costa Mesa:
County Feed Your Brain Lectures are held at the Costa Mesa
Community Center at 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa.
Advancing Secular Values Around the World
Sunday, Nov. 3
The Office of Public Policy is the Washington, D.C.-based political arm of the Center for Inquiry. Led by its director, Michael De Dora, its mandate is to advocate for reason, science, and secular values in the policymaking process. This includes lobbying at all levels of government - statehouses, Congress, the Administration, and the United Nation - to promote and defend separation of church and state, scientific evidence, and basic civil and human rights.
In his talk, De Dora will discuss questions such as: On which particular issues does the Office focus? Which methods does the Office use to carry out its advocacy? And how can average citizens get involved - and be effective - at the local level?
De Dora also serves as the organization's representative to the United Nations. He received a master's degree in political theory from Brooklyn College and a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communication from SUNY-Albany. He maintains the blog The Moral Perspective and contributes essays to Massimo Pigliucci's blog, Rationally Thinking.
The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood
In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah's Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world's flood stories and - drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists - discovered the counterintuitive role Noah's Flood played in the development of both geology and Creationism. Steno, the grandfather of geology, even invoked the Flood in laying geology's founding principles based on his observations of northern Italian landscapes. Centuries later, the founders of modern Creationism based their irrational view of a global flood on a perceptive critique of geology. With an explorer's eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
Montgomery is the author of The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood (2012); Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations (2007), and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon (2003). A MacArthur Fellow and a three-time winner of the Washington State Book Award, Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His research interests involve the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies, and interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion in shaping topography on Earth and Mars.
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