Lectures start promptly at 7:30PM and are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month September through May
Understanding the Creative Mind
Benneth Litwin, Author and Lecturer
is a repeatable state of
mind. Rearranging "the Known" creates "the New".
Mindsets, thought relationships, process, and attitude will be
discussed through the history of how this book was born.
touched upon include lateral
thinking, radiant thinking, humor, perfectionism, a la da Vinci, and
tremendous productivity a la Picasso. Who are the thought
leaders, the agents of change in society? Creative thinkers!
Guilt and Shame
Sarah Fredericks, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, UNT
Survey data and qualitative
studies of popular environmental literature indicate that guilt and
shame about environmental degradation is a prevalent part of
contemporary life. Psychological research suggests that guilt
and shame, whether about one’s own actions or the actions of one’s
group, can inspire or inhibit action. Combining these
insights suggests that guilt and shame can significantly impact
environmental initiatives including those to slow or combat climate
change. Yet environmental ethicists typically ignore moral
emotions including guilt and shame as they assume that articulating
norms, rules, or values will lead to ethical behavior. These
individualistic, rationalistic, idealistic forms of ethics cannot
adequately address the collective nature of responsibility for
anthropogenic climate change, the diffuse harms of greenhouse gas
emissions, the failure of humans to live up to their ideals, and the
blurry lines between perpetrators and victims. Paying
attention to collective guilt and shame, I argue, will help resolve
these significant intellectual hurdles in climate change ethics and
will suggest productive avenues for action about climate change.
Is God a Figment? A
Psychology of Religion, Thoughts, Reflections, and Inquiries
Foster, JD, Ph.D. College of Positive Psychology
Belief in god(s) is ubiquitous and has
been a central feature of human existence throughout time.
This lecture will take a close look at this phenomenon by examining it,
testing it, and measuring it against standards used for rational
thinking: fact, reason, logic, evidence, proof and truth.
10-28-2014: Why Do We Sleep? Why Do We Dream?
David S. Alkek, MD
S. Alkek, MD will present the latest scientific thoughts on the
physiologic necessity for sleep. All animals sleep, even at the
peril of being helpless to danger. The most intriguing aspect of
sleeping is dreaming. Why do we dream and why do we dream what we do?
Dr. Alkek will discuss the neurologic basis of what is happening during
sleeping and dreaming.
James, Ph.D., UNT
Nothing has engendered more
peace and love; and nothing has bred more enmity than
religions. This talk will focus on understandings of various
religions, and the possibility of dialogue among religions, comparing
Christian traditions and that of other traditions.
11-25-2014: The World in 2034:
Ethical Conundrums, Challenges, and Issues
K. Olson, CPCU, MLA, Adjunct
In the coming decades, the world will
be characterized by four overlapping and convergent technological
revolutions—genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, and artificial
intelligence. These revolutions will all take advantage of
technology’s application of the law of accelerating returns. But
the legal and ethical issues are enormous. Changes to the law and
public policy are painstakingly slow; yet, technology does not wait.
For example, what are the liability issues and ethical dilemmas we
might face in 20 years with the growth in autonomous automobiles?
Who would be ethically liable for a loss caused by a defect in the
algorithms? The auto manufacturer? The software company
that designed the algorithm? The owner of the car? How
would this be amended if it were a semi-autonomous car?
advances in genetics and nanotechnology, it may be possible to correct
or mitigate brain disorders via implantable wireless chips. This
is already being accomplished for Parkinson’s patients and
epileptics. But what happens when “normal” people want an
implantable chip to enhance their intelligence or memory? What
are the ethical dilemmas there? This futuristic session will
address many of these provocative topics and more.
David Naugle, Ph.D., Th.D., Dallas Baptist University
an introduction that emphasizes a broken heart (with reference to a
sculpture in the Nasher in Dallas), in this talk I will define
happiness, discuss the history of happiness, happiness and human
nature, America and happiness, the happiness business, Bob Dylan on
happiness, C. S. Lewis on happiness, and other topics on happiness.