Eclectic Conversations: ‘Purpose’

Nov 17, 2014

Maybe you’ve already got one.

Or maybe you have been looking for one.

But you’ve certainly got an opinion about whether having one is worthwhile.

The idea of a "sense of purpose in life" is the starting point for the next in our occasional series Eclectic Conversations.

It's a time when we gather a panel from widely different disciplines, get them started on a topic, then watch to see what else comes up.  And your help in taking the conversation to fascinating places will be most welcome.

Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D. - Bio-ethicist. Author of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (Lawrence Erlbaum Press); plus Science Fiction, Nano-Ethics and the Moral Imagination (Springer Press); as well as When The Horses Whisper: The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings (Rainbow Ridge Books). Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia.

C. Douglas Smith - Vice President, Montpelier Foundation and Director of Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution.

Shanil Virani - Director of the J.C. Wells Planetarium and Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at James Madison University.