We are so pleased to announce that one of our very active members and a person who is also active in the free-thinking, atheist community at large, Dr. Phillip Calderone, Pharm. D. Phil graduated from the University of Southern California, in 1982 and spent 28 years at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, including 7 years as a Pharmacy Clinical Systems Analyst. He began his ongoing independent study starting in 2007, on personality and belief, a multidisciplinary study that has included paths in psychology, religion, political science, philosophy, and neurobiology. His major interest is in understanding how people believe, especially in the face of conflicting information.
Dr. Calderone currently authors the blog, Believe In Reality. He coined the terms believence and believent in his notable post, Believence and Belief Factors.
“How Rational People Believe Irrational Things.” Belief in gods, life after death, political ideologies, karma—these concepts exist in a whirlwind of perpetual debate, competing sides claiming facts and interpretations in complete contradiction with each other. But in each question of is or isn’t it true, only one side is correct. Problematically, each side is convinced of their position while believing the other to be deceived, deluded or just plain dumb. A potential way to break this logjam is to go below the facts and study the belief process itself, to find the underlying source of competing conclusions, this as a prerequisite for the sides to learn how to communicate rather than just contradict.
In this talk, we will examine the factors of belief, the potential basis for physiological differences, and the belief process itself. We will learn how people come to correct and incorrect conclusions, and try to answer one of the most the difficult questions—How Do Rational People Believe Irrational Things?
Join Phil and all your IEAA friends and enjoy a delicious, catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread and butter, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP.
12:10 pm – 12:30 pm Coffee and conversation in the adjacent foyer, tee-shirts and new items available for sale
12:30 – 12:45 pm – Doors open, come on it.
12:45 – Welcome and announcements
1:00 – Lecture and Q&A
2:00pm – Luncheon and one-on-one with speaker
Volunteer to set up/break down
If you can come at 12:00 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.
Prices are as follows:
Lecture only – $5
Lecture and beverage bar – $8
Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages – $18
Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20
Note: Only your lecture costs and donations are tax deductible. Food and beverages are not because those fees cover the costs of the items. Donation receipts will be available for your convenience.
Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:
And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars!