Program Details

Philosophical Zombies and Schrodinger's Cat: A Search for the Soul in the Universe - Boca Raton

Michael Gold

Course Description

What do we mean when we speak of the soul? Do we have a soul, and if so, where did it come from? Does the universe have a soul? In exploring this question, we will look at the dualism of classical Western religions, the materialism of modern science, and the idealism of Eastern religions and mysticism. In our exploration, we will study many thought experiments, from philosophical zombies to the ghost in the machine and from the Chinese room to Schrodinger's cat. Join us as we explore one of the most perplexing questions of religion, philosophy, and science. Space is limited. "He is informative, entertaining and inclusive. We enjoyed his class immensely." - OLLI Patron

About the Instructor

  • Rabbi Michael Gold, Ph.D. serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Boca Raton, FL. He earned his doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University with a dissertation on process philosophy and Jewish mysticism. He is an adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at Broward and Miami-Dade Colleges. He is the author of seven books, most recently, "The Rabbi's Sex Class." His newest book "Does the Universe Have a Soul?" will be published shortly.