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Austin Dancy: Secular Conscience

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Austin Dacey, the author of the popular book The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life, as well as the former representative of the Center For Inquiry to the United Nations, will be coming to Salt Lake City to speak at the University of Utah on Feb. 27. The event will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Dacey will be speaking on his work on behalf of free speech and opposing anti-blasphemy laws at the UN. Dacey is a secularist philosopher who is well known among secularists as well as those who have been following religious liberty and free speech issues internationally. After Dacey’s talk, which will start at 4:00, there will be a short debate between Dacey and Mark Hausam on the question: Is Morality Possible Without God? Dacey’s talk will be entitled, “Blasphemy: Hate Speech or Human Right?” The event will take place in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the U.

USU SHAFT is organizing a carpool; details here.

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