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“Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 was the second event of the annual Beyond Belief symposium which brings together a group of scientists and philosophers to explore questions and answers about human nature and society. The event is organized by The Science Network in association with the Crick-Jacobs Center. It was held at the Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California from October 31 to November 2, 2007.” <wiki>

“The aim of Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 is to invite participants to undertake together an ongoing reconnaissance of Enlightenment ideas in the light of advances in primarily cognitive neurosciences, evolutionary biology, physics etc. though not by any means scanting history, philosophy, law. The word reconnaissance is used advisedly. Although reconnaissance now usually means a military information-gathering exercise, the preference is for original root – recognoscere – which roughly suggests ‘to get to know again’. The hope is to explore our current sense of Reason, Truth, Belief, Human Nature, Progress, Virtue and the Good Life in this light. It could be argued that the Enlightenment was not quite the disaster that some critics have suggested, and that version 2.0, and subsequent releases, could conceivably be a dynamic improvement if we set our minds to it, guided by that eudaemonic impulse.” <about>



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