The Toronto Branch of The Centre for Inquiry Canada is delighted to be hosting Ralph Lewis, M.D. for a conversation on his newly published book Finding Purpose in a Godless World.

Ralph Lewis, MD, is a psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Drawing on years of wide-ranging, intensive clinical experience as a psychiatrist, and his own family experience with cancer, Dr. Lewis helps readers understand how people cope with random adversity without relying on supernatural belief.

Can there be purpose without God? In his book, Dr. Lewis presents a compelling argument for how human purpose and caring emerged in a spontaneous and unguided universe. Dispelling illusions, and integrating the findings of numerous scientific fields, he shows how not only the universe, life, and consciousness but also purpose, morality, and meaning could in fact have emerged and evolved spontaneously and unguided.

Our conversation will look in to the unreliability of intuition and subjective perception in shaping our explanations and beliefs, and the neural basis of motivation and purposiveness.

We hope you will join us for a Night with Ralph Lewis, M.D., for a scientific look into purpose in our random universe.