Sunday Speaker: John C. Wathey, The Illusion of God’s Presence

Making sense of religion’s powerful grip on the human mind.



John C. Wathey: The Illusion of God’s Presence

Science has only begun to make sense of religion’s powerful grip on the human mind. Why do seven percent of members of the National Academy of Sciences believe in a personal god who answers prayer?

The question is important because it probes the most irresistible essence of the appeal of religious and spiritual thinking.

Using evidence from visual illusions, behavioral biology, and neuroscience, John C. Wathey will offer an explanation for this and other puzzles of religion in terms of a cognitively impenetrable illusion, one that science has largely overlooked.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

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COVID-19 safety measures
Event will be indoors
The board has voted to resume all in person meetings at the Humanist Community Center, effective immediately, based on Covid Act Now recommendations, with the following requirements.

-Consider vulnerable populations
-Masking welcome where desired and appropriate
-Vaccinate as recommended
-Stay home if you are not feeling well
-Personal opinions and choices respected

Our community is a relatively low-risk one. We will continue to monitor Covid Act Now and other reputable sources.

Thank you!
September 11th, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
MESA, AZ 85201-4009
United States