Monday, December 18, 2006

Cognitive Responsibility

This is no relaxing Tuesday night activity. Well at least not for me, this deep philosophical conversation wears me out. If this is your cup of tea, join the Davis Square Philosophy Cafe at McIntyre & Moore Booksellers for a discussion on Cognitive Responsibility: Should faith ever trump facts?

In our open society, freedom of religion is an essential liberty protected by the First Amendment. But what if faith-based beliefs conflict with empirical evidence? Some believe that physical disease is an illusion, to be healed by prayer; others that mental illness is a fraud, so psychiatry should be banned; others that condoms don’t prevent the spread of HIV. Such beliefs can have damaging consequences, so is it responsible to hold them? If not, how can freedom of belief and our cognitive responsibilities best be reconciled?
December 19
7:30-9:30 pm
McIntyre & Moore Booksellers
255 Elm St.
Somerville MA

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