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Sunday, November 10 • 9:30am - 10:15am
Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even if the Universe Doesn't

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Can there be purpose without God? This presentation is about how human purpose and caring, like consciousness and absolutely everything else in existence, could plausibly have emerged and evolved unguided, bottom-up, in a spontaneous universe.

Dr. Lewis examines science's inroads into the big questions that occupy religion and philosophy. He shows how our sense of purpose and meaning is entangled with mistaken intuitions that events in our lives happen for some intended cosmic reason and that the universe itself has inherent purpose. Dispelling this illusion, and integrating the findings of numerous scientific fields, he shows how not only the universe, life, and consciousness but also purpose, morality, and meaning could, in fact, have emerged and evolved spontaneously and unguided. There is persuasive evidence that these qualities evolved naturally and without mystery, biologically and culturally, in humans as conscious, goal-directed social animals.

This presentation will argue that the scientific worldview of an unguided, spontaneous universe is not just awe-inspiring but foundational to building a more compassionate society.

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Ralph Lewis

Ralph Lewis, MD, is a psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada; an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto; and a psycho-oncology consultant at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto.In his clinical practice, he helps... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
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