Faith & Science Summer Series: ‘What Makes Us Human?’ At TOTH Wednesday

Bob Reinovsky’s lecture at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday addresses ‘The Quest for Human Uniqueness.’ Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum continues its summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”, Wednesday, July 20 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
Bob Reinovsky’s lecture will address “The Quest for Human Uniqueness.” In this talk he will attempt to simplify the topic by looking at the implication of theory of mind – and what some call the secondary theory of mind – in the formation, and transmission of culture. 
Dinner will be provided at 5:45 p.m., with a presentation at 6:15 p.m., and discussion at 6:45 p.m., ending in time for folks to attend the Oppenheimer lecture.
Our hope is that these lectures and discussions will be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, no matter what religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience. All are welcome.
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Wednesday, July 20: The Quest for Human Uniqueness
Looking for that which makes us human has taken researchers through many aspects of our human and animal nature, leading us to ask questions about the role of physiology, brain science, genetics, language and symbolic thinking, relationships and cooperation, spirituality, empathy, aggression, and the capacity for anticipation/deferred gratification in making us human.
One distinctive, separating human from animals, that is frequently mentioned is the capacity to generate and transmit culture – a broad and imprecise umbrella encompassing everything from anthropology, literature, history, sociology, philosophy to language, fine arts, religion…and more. Making sense of this broad and amorphous assembly of behaviors, some of which are common to humans and animals, and some of which are not, is a formidable challenge.
In this talk we will attempt to simplify the topic by looking at the implication of theory of mind – and what some call the secondary theory of mind – in the formation, and transmission of culture.