Is it possible to be spiritual and yet not believe in the supernatural (i.e. Gods)? Can a person be spiritual without belonging to a religious group or organization? Basing his thoughts on the book ‘Spirituality for the Skeptic’, by philosopher Robert Solomon, our co-chair David will lead a discussion based on the model of a vibrant, fulfilling spirituality that embraces the complexities of human existence and acknowledges the joys and tragedies of life…but without the need for the supernatural parts of religion.
My talk will address that most important of all human abilities: the ability to think and reason, which we usually refer to as intelligence. Our intelligence sets us apart from all other life-forms and although some animals do show intelligence, it has not been found to the same extent as it appears in humans. I will make the case that individual humans differ in their intelligence, that these differences are largely inherited, and that intelligence is a major determinant of life’s outcomes. I will present the new research findings that have identified differences in our genes that determine these differences in our intelligence. I will make the case this new knowledge will have powerful influences upon our capacity to discriminate between individuals, which could be used for both good and bad, and which requires very careful scrutiny at a very early stage – such as now.