RET member Dr. Ray Garrett will present a talk titled “Man, His Gods, The Universe, and The Problem of Scale”.
In almost every culture, man’s conception of his “world” has evolved greatly over time. From primitive local-world views extending little beyond the immediate horizon, we have progressed to a present day concept of a universe of 13.6 billion light year extent. Similarly, things considered to be divine, sacred, or god-like have evolved in time, often, but not always, in step with cultural perceptions of the universe in which we are imbedded. Rationalists have no problem in looking at religious concepts that fail to meet rational standards. Indeed, almost everyone can be rational (even dismissive) of many primitive concepts of the divine. (eg. an active volcano.) However, most are unable to examine their own concepts of God in a similar fashion. Yet our concepts of the universe have expanded far beyond most concepts of a creator commensurate with the task of creation. The subject will be examined accompanied by a handy model and power-point visuals.
Cafeteria Annex, Pellissippi State Community college, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.