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Thu, February 7, 2013
6:30 PM

First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg
Monument Terrace
Lynchburg, Virginia


Author’s note:  A few days before I started writing this book, a leading candidate for the Presidency of the U.S. was asked on national TV whether he believed in the Theory of Evolution.  The candidate replied, “It’s interesting that this question would be asked of someone running for president.  I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an 8th grade science book.  I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of teh U.S.”  If there is an overarching moral to this story, that politics can and should be usefully informed by the insights of science.

In 1801, three years before Joseph Priestly’s death, he saw his enthusiastic admirer and fellow tinkerer Thomas Jefferson assumed the presidency.  On his first day in office, Jefferson wrote to Priestley to renounce the anti-science bigotry and political persecution of the Adams administration.

This even will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg.  It will be free and open to the public.