Welcome to The First Religious Society in Carlisle
Welcome! We are a Unitarian Universalist Church, a Welcoming Congregation, located across from the Common in the center of Carlisle, Massachusetts. The First Religious Society is a place of worship and fellowship dedicated to serving the spiritual and religious needs of all who choose to walk with us. We are active in serving the community and reaching out globally to those in need. We invite you to our worship services and religious education classes at 10 o'clock on Sunday mornings.
Free Public Event: Potluck and conversation with Harvard Historian of Science Naomi Oreskes, Thursday February 5. 6:30 pot-luck supper, 7:30 talk and discussion. Family friendlyBring a plant-based (vegan) dish to share, with copies of the recipe.
Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. In her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming, she and co-author Erik Conway assembled evidence that scientific evidence had been intentionally suppressed and the degree of uncertainty intentionally exaggerated. On issue after issue—secondhand tobacco smoke, acid rain, the ozone hole, and climate change—the same cast of characters used the same strategies and tactics to sow uncertainty and delay action. In their most recent book, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, Oreskes and Conway dig deeper into the reasons why society is finding it so difficult to respond constructively to the dangers of climate change and environmental degradation. The criteria that scientists use to decide whether something is believable may be part of the problem, as well as the self-serving interests as those who benefit economically from the burning of fossil fuels.
Naomi’s Carlisle event will begin with a planet friendly plant-based (vegan) potluck followed by her talk, an illustrated overview of her work aimed at the non-scientist. She has suggestions for actions that can be taken by concerned citizens to push back against the spread of disinformation on environmental issues. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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