A story of humanity…

Carolyn Porco always finds a way to inspire…

Check out Session 3 in the excellent Beyond Belief workshop from 2006, where she does it again:



About brianblais

I am a professor of Science and Technology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and a research professor in the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, Brown University. My research is in computational neuroscience and statistics. I teach physics, meteorology, astonomy, theoretical neuroscience, systems dynamics, artificial intelligence and robotics. My book, "Theory of Cortical Plasticity" (World Scientific, 2004), details a theory of learning and memory in the cortex, and presents the consequences and predictions of the theory. I am an avid python enthusiast, and a Bayesian (a la E. T. Jaynes), and love music.
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3 Responses to A story of humanity…

  1. Steven Winsor says:

    The desire of people to see moral values restored to some sense of reason in society through God is apparently stronger than their desire to see a society based on science and objectivity (where religion is carefully separated and removed from consideration). Brian, this relates to our earlier discussions about the role of religion in maintaining morals.

    In people’s minds, ‘morals’ and ‘moral behavior’ can only be set by a higher authority. Is it a bit irrational? Yes…but humans are often irrational, even among the brightest of us.

    I am not religious…agnostic if anything. But I realize religion, even with its negatives, remains a net positive in human endeavours because it supplies something that cannot be supplied by any other…a body of moral precepts that humans can rally around and use to guide behavior in society. Why religion?…because in the end, most folks like to think there may be a Really Big Hammer waiting for bad people…and God is the one to wield the Really Big Hammer.

    Brian, you, as a scientist, do not look like a guy who could wield that Hammer. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Religion and the Illusion of Moral Authority | Professor Brian Blais' Blog

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