ISHV’s Seminar at Sea will explore why some do not recognize the validity of scientific research and outcomes.  It will also explore why there is wide spread discontent and unhappiness in today’s world and how this may reflect on the denial of scientific results and reliance on religion and its promise of life after death.




For decades, Patricia Churchland has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. A professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and adjunct professor at the Salk Institute, Pat holds degrees from Oxford University, the University of Pittsburg and the University of British Columbia. She has been awarded the MacArthur Prize, The Rossi Prize for Neuroscience and the Prose Prize for Science.  She has authored multiple pioneering books, her most recent being Touching a Nerve. She has served as President of the American Philosophical Association and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Pat lives in Solana Beach, California, with her husband Paul, a neurophilosopher, and their golden retrievers Duff and Farley. They have two children, Anne and Mark, both neuroscientists.




Paul M. Churchland is Professor (emeritus) of Philosophy at the University of California San Diego. His research focuses on the nature of human knowledge in general, and on the nature of scientific knowledge in particular.  As the history of science shows, although science builds on intuitive” or common sense ideas, it typically also challenges and changes many assumptions of common sense or intuition”. Examples here include the Copernican discovery that the earth is not the center of the universe, and the discovery that organisms invisible to the naked eye, not Divine punishment, are the cause of many diseases.  In our own time, a powerful challenge to familiar intuitions about the nature of the mind comes from the broad sciences of neurobiology and evolutionary biology. Dr. Churchland is the author of seven books, most notably Matter and Consciousness (MIT Press 1984), a standard textbook for courses in the philosophy of mind, translated into seven languages.  The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul (MIT Press 1995) is a survey of recent mind/brain research, on the editor’s choice” list at the New York Times for six weeks.  His most recent book, Platos Camera (MIT Press 2014) interweaves ideas from neuroscience and computer science to suggest a model for how networks of neurons in the brain learn to construct a model of the world outside the brain, and then modify those models to advance to yet more complex knowledge. He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, President of the American Philosophical Association, President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Chair of the Philosophy department at UCSD.  Prizes include the UCSD Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Extended interviews can be found on The Science Network,



Toni is co-founder, president, and Congressional advocate for the Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV). She launched and directs one of the first public policy offices of the Secular Humanist movement in Washington DC, which focuses on the importance of science, the use of empirical evidence as the basis for public policy, separation of church and state, secularism, and women’s and LGBTQI rights.


She regularly presents on a variety of issues including proposed federal legislation and regulations, human rights, how to effectively participate in federal and state government, and how to lobby legislative bodies. Further, she educates on, and advocates for the passage of Equal Rights Amendment and the United Nations Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). As a secular humanist, feminist activist and citizen of the world, she serves on the board of the Institute for Humanist Studies, is the Chairwoman of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Speakers Bureau and on many of the boards and committees of the National Organization for Women. She has been recognized by the Veteran Feminists of America for her long time activism for women's rights.


D. J. has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of science and ethics at dozens of universities including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UCLA and UC Berkeley. Once a professional magician, with special interests in the psychology of belief and processes of deception and self-deception, Grothe is formerly president and CEO of The James Randi Educational Foundation and served as vice president at the Center for Inquiry.


Vince Parr Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, post doctorate at the Albert Ellis Institute and a co-founder of the Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV).


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Fathom’s Cruise Ship Adonia


Make no mistake the Adonia is a 704 passenger ship with no casinos, Broadway-type shows, or comedy night clubs. It is not a glitzy mega-ship. 

It does have restaurants, lounges, bars, pools, a spa, a state-of-the-art gym, and all the other amenities of a 21st-century passenger ship.  You’ll never lack for opportunities to relax and enjoy the company of our group members.


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2230 West Bay Drive, Suite C, Largo FL 33774

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