Lectures start promptly at 7:00PM
and are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month June through August 2021.
Our fall 2021 schedule will soon be posted. The fall 2020
and spring 2021 schedules were canceled due to COVID.
The 2021 summer lectures will be conducted solely via Zoom. Instructions for joining the meetings will be posted soon.
6-8-2021 Confederate Monuments, Problematic
Politicians, and Sexist Art: When is Endorsement Morally Permissible?
It is widely assumed that you can meaningfully separate the good and
bad characteristics of a symbol, person, activity, or work of art, and can
permissibly choose to support the good features while denouncing the bad
features. I argue that this is only sometimes true: when certain conditions are
met - namely, proportionality, separability, and constrained choice - it is
morally permissible to directly endorse some object in virtue of its
positive properties while standing against its morally negative properties,
even though it would be morally impermissible to directly endorse those
negative properties by themselves.
are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 8, 2021 07:00 PM Central
Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this
registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.
in the Everyday Practice of Science: The Logic of Unintended Experiments
Internet synopsis: Generating
new ideas is central to what scientists hope to accomplish. What they aim for
is learning new things about the world and how it works. The American
philosopher Charles Pierce gave the name “abduction” to what he described as
the logic of discovery. Dr. Grinnell will focus on understanding abduction when
a surprising observation becomes an unintended experiment involving a new
research problem that has not been previously studied or possibly even known.
Abduction means taking advantage of opportunities that serendipity creates. For
science, the consequences can be the beginning of a new field of investigation.
For the researcher, the consequences can be life changing.
8-10-2021 The Conflict Paradox
Randall S. McKellar, B.S.
There is an alignment error at
the core of Human Society. Small and inconsequential when first
introduced with the emergence of consciousness, the gap has widened
over the millennia of Human existence, a gap that is responsible for
our current and historic social ills—everything from wars, terrorism,
conflict small and large, to poverty, economic dysfunction and
political gridlock, to depression, mental illness, suicide, domestic
violence, random shootings and crime on an individual level. It
is not only the cause; it serves as a block on our ability to make
significant progress toward eliminating these ills from our lives.
talk will examine our Human behavioral matrix and the tension between
our sense of Community and our need for Conflict as both the prime
motivator for our success and the secret cause of our destruction.