Intelligence Squared Debates | The More We Evolve, The Less We Need God

Does God have a place in 21st century human affairs? For many, the answer is an unapologetic yes. Belief in a higher power, they argue, is the foundation of human consciousness and the soul of all social, political, and scientific progress. Further, some claim, humans are biologically predisposed to embrace religion and require faith to live moral lives. Others are far more skeptical. For them, adherence to faith and religious tradition serves only to fracture communities and prevent humanity from embracing a more enlightened, reasoned, and just social order. As we look to the future in uncertain times, should spirituality and religion play a central role in human evolution, innovation, and discovery? Or has God become obsolete?

The Debaters

For the motion

Heather Berlin

Heather Berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a cognitive neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai… Read More

Michael Shermer

Founder, The Skeptics Society & Best-Selling Author

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University… Read More

Against the motion

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Integrative Medicine Advocate & Best Selling Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D., founder of the Chopra Foundation, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is… Read More

Dr. Anoop Kumar

Dr. Anoop Kumar

Emergency Physician & Author, “Michelangelo’s Medicine”

Anoop Kumar, M.D., is a board-certified emergency physician practicing in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings… Read More


Timing:

6:00pm | Pre-Debate Reception

7:00pm | Debate











When: Tue., March 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Ave.
212-772-4448
Price: $40
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Does God have a place in 21st century human affairs? For many, the answer is an unapologetic yes. Belief in a higher power, they argue, is the foundation of human consciousness and the soul of all social, political, and scientific progress. Further, some claim, humans are biologically predisposed to embrace religion and require faith to live moral lives. Others are far more skeptical. For them, adherence to faith and religious tradition serves only to fracture communities and prevent humanity from embracing a more enlightened, reasoned, and just social order. As we look to the future in uncertain times, should spirituality and religion play a central role in human evolution, innovation, and discovery? Or has God become obsolete?

The Debaters

For the motion

Heather Berlin

Heather Berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a cognitive neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai… Read More

Michael Shermer

Founder, The Skeptics Society & Best-Selling Author

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University… Read More

Against the motion

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Integrative Medicine Advocate & Best Selling Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D., founder of the Chopra Foundation, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is… Read More

Dr. Anoop Kumar

Dr. Anoop Kumar

Emergency Physician & Author, “Michelangelo’s Medicine”

Anoop Kumar, M.D., is a board-certified emergency physician practicing in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings… Read More


Timing:

6:00pm | Pre-Debate Reception

7:00pm | Debate

Buy tickets/get more info now