David Eagleman: Possibilianism

What to do when being an atheist, believer or agnostic doesn’t quite cover your belief system? Enter the movement of Possibilianism , a temperament based in science that allows one to hold — gasp — multiple views of life and afterlife. David Eagleman lays it all out with the talk “Possibilianism.” He’ll discuss how the belief system captures what so many people already think and feel in light of the advances in scientific understanding of the cosmos as well as of human consciousness. “We are delighted to present David, who affirms the transformative power of the imagination as it responds to the perennial questions facing humankind,” says Emilee Dawn Whitehurst, executive director of the Rothko Chapel. “Who are we? Why are we here? What does it all mean? Rather than confessing simply that we do not know the truth of it all, why not revel in the many, many possibilities of what it could be?” Eagleman himself is no stranger to multiple paths; he is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine.

7 p.m.1409 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-660-1402 or visit rothkochapel.org. $10.
Tue., Dec. 10, 7 p.m., 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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