2017 Adult Ed Fall/Winter Schedule

Join us in the Board Room at 9:00 AM on the dates listed below for “Adult Topics of Interest”  If you have additional questions, please contact Brian McPherson at wbmcp@hotmail.com

Sept 17Science and Religion – What is the relationship between science and religion in our society? We will take a look at various viewpoints from philosophers who try to explain religious thought in scientific or psychological terms to believers who point to science as validation of their beliefs.

Oct 1Religious beliefs vs. spirituality – A large percentage of the population in the US claim to be spiritual but not religious. Is this just a desire to avoid a label? Can religious people not be spiritual? Are spiritual people not religious? Do these labels matter?

Oct 15Alternative therapies – People in our culture have increasingly turned to alternative therapies over the past several decades. We will look at this trend and explore the rise and use of several of these.

Nov 5Love – What is love? Is it a feeling, independent of your actions? Or do you need to act lovingly? Can you love someone or something that you only know from afar? Can you love someone who hurts you? Is love always unconditional? The answers depend on your perspective and experience. We will consider the views of philosophers and others and then discuss our own ideas.

Nov 19Death and dying – We will explore the ideas of conscious dying and dying with dignity, aka physician assisted suicide. Is the taboo of talking about death changing in our culture? What are the factors in this social evolution.

Dec 3After death, then what? – We will look at the views of various religions and societies on what, if anything, happens to an individual’s consciousness after biological death of the body. We will consider efforts to explore what happens after death from an objective viewpoint.

Dec 17Psychic research – We will look at the various academic explorations of psychic phenomena, including that done at Duke and Princeton and other universities and organizations. Is there an overarching pattern? Why are positive results rejected by mainstream academia?


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