December 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
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J.R. Becker is the author of the bestselling Annabelle & Aiden children’s book series on science and skepticism. Join us for a reading of one of his books for all ages, followed by a talk for grownups. Children’s activities and child care for little ones will be available during the talk. Book signing and Q&A to follow.

J.R. will discuss the veracity of claimed miracles through the eyes of philosophy, and how studying this led J.R. to appreciate the magic of reality and the natural world, propelling him to found his book series. Are miracles real? Why do we seek them to be? Is reality not good enough? J.R. will use excerpts from his books – and personalities from Carl Sagan to Shakespeare and David Hume – to explore some big questions. How can we inspire children about facts in a world of fairy tales? Why should we want to? Join us for this discussion as we explore “big questions for little thinkers”, and peek at some beautiful artwork inside the books themselves. Learn more at www.AnnabelleAndAiden.com

About the Speaker: J. R. Becker holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.  When he’s not practicing entertainment law, playing drums, or enjoying the great outdoors, Joseph enjoys all the science and philosophy books and podcasts he can, pondering the bigger questions and dreaming up ideas for future children stories. After publishing his first (philosophical, dystopian) novel The Spider & the Ant, and later becoming a father, Joseph was inspired to found the Annabelle & Aiden series to foster curiosity and scientific awareness in the next generation. Joseph lives in New Jersey with his wife Leah, and two children, Annabelle & Aiden.

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Music most Sundays by Lindsey Wilson.

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