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The Power of Meaning: The Quest for an Existential Roadmap

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The Power of Meaning: The Quest for an Existential Roadmap

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York, USA

Video of the full event is available on the Nour Foundation's YouTube channel.

“The will to meaning” — a term coined by the influential Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl — has long been recognized as a basic motivating drive of human behavior. Indeed, some 4,000 years ago the first great work of human literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, chronicled its hero’s quest to discover how he should live knowing that he will inevitably die. And though our lives have been transformed in countless ways since that epic, the basic question still remains: Where can we turn to find the story of our lives, an existential roadmap that explains where we have come from, why we are here, and where we are headed? Must each of us discover meaning within the context of our individual lives, or are there universal sources of meaning that we can all access? Is there any relationship between living a meaningful life, and the quality of our health and well-being? And how can we find meaning in the face of adversity and suffering? Neurologist Jay Lombard, philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Michael Ruse, and author Emily Esfahani Smith join forces to shed light on these perennial questions from their respective disciplines.

*Reception to follow.


This event is part of the The Will to Meaning: Seeking the “Why” of Our Existence series.

Moderated by journalist Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, this three-part series at the New York Academy of Sciences brings together leading scientists and scholars to explore meaning through the lens of scientific inquiry.

To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.

Livestream

The first lecture will be available via Livestream. For full details, and to view the Livestream, use the link below:

https://livestream.com/newyorkacademyofsciences

Moderator

Steve Paulson, Wisconsin Public Radio
Steve Paulson, Wisconsin Public Radio

Panelists

Jay Lombard, MD, LifeSpan Medicine; Genomind
Jay Lombard, MD, LifeSpan Medicine; Genomind
Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, CUNY-City College
Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, CUNY-City College
Michael Ruse, PhD, Florida State University
Michael Ruse, PhD, Florida State University
Emily Esfahani Smith, MAPP, Writer/Journalist
Emily Esfahani Smith, MAPP, Writer/Journalist

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The New York Academy of SciencesNour FoundationTo the Best of Our Knowledge

Exclusive Media Sponsor

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