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Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark

The Science Network

Friday, October 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark

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At The Science Network, we share Carl Sagan's vision of science as a candle in the dark. It is part of our mission to enlarge the constituency of reason. This is why we make programs about science. We celebrate rational conversation. Come, let us reason together. More programs, more candles, more light.

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If you would like to act as a candle in the dark and donate to The Science Network, you may do so here. The Science Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your contributions are tax deductible.



Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark is the third in an annual series of conversations: an ongoing project to foster and promote the use of reason in formulating social policy. This year, we are asking participants to propose a Candle -- a potential solution to a problem that they have identified in their area of expertise or informed passion.

In The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan wrote:

Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

At The Science Network, we embrace scientific meliorism (last year's meeting, after all, was entitled Enlightenment 2.0). We support science in its search for solutions. Can we better understand the neural underpinnings of human nature, our decision-making processes, the dynamics of trust and fear and human flourishing?

This U.S. election year, when science and reason in the nation's deliberations have been repeatedly challenged as irrelevant or elitist, and science seems to be estranged from society, Sagan's words sound prophetic -- an alarm call. Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark is our response.

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*You MUST be registered to attend this event. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered attendees ONLY. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee admission, as seating is limited.

This event will be filmed live. We ask that you stay in your seats during each session to minimize interruptions. For your convenience, you may also view the meeting from TV monitors provided in the foyer. Your consideration is appreciated!



The finalized agenda for this event is still evolving. This tentative agenda is meant only to provide a general overview of the weekend's proceedings.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Science Studio Interviews (guests to be announced)

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Full day conversation with moderated panel presentations
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Full day conversation with moderated panel presentations
Have questions about Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark? Contact The Science Network

When & Where

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium
10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Friday, October 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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