Science & Religion



Making Sense of Ourselves

A philosophical discussion of life using what we have learned since Darwin established evolution as being the survival of the fittest. Used will be layman's slides to describe the basis of our tangible existence to help us understand our place in the 21st century. Our approach is to explore and discuss the veracity of three of life's enigmas. 1. We perceive we exist and have free will although our biological processes are completely determined. 2. We perceive we are the fittest to survive although biological performance is close to fundamental limits. 3. We perceive we will not become extinct although it appears not to e possible in a purely biological form. (6 sessions for 3 weeks on Tues and Thurs)

Instructor: After founding several high tech companies and performing five years of community theater, Ron Bark, was cast in over a dozen film, stage and television productions and in the role of Chief Tarrington on Days of our Lives.  In 1988 he received an Academy Award for creating the first electronic film editing system used by Sidney Lurriet for 'Power', Francis Coppola for 'Godfather III' and Stanley Kubrick for 'Full Metal Jacket'. In Hollywood he participated in and presented 100+ workshops before retiring to Panama in 2004 where he presented workshops for the expat community in Boquete. On returning to Durham in 2012, Ron continued directing workshops at Duke University. Ron moved to Sun City West in May 2017. 



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This class meets March, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22

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NSofO
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Barker 3/6 - 3/22 Tu Th 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $25.00

The Science Behind Noah's Flood
The evidence is overwhelming that there was a world-wide catastrophe known as the Deluge (Noah’s Flood). Various dates and places for the event have been proposed by other researchers and are discussed. Dr. Farrell presents various hypothesis as well as his own conclusion that the event recorded by the Babylonians and Sumerians occurred in Mesopotamia about 14,800 years ago as a result of the post glacial sea rise.  (2 sessions)

Instructor:  Bob Farrell, PhD is a retired Penn State Professor. He is a prolific writer and has done extensive research on historic and scientific phenomena for his books.

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NOAH
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Farrell 4/19 - 4/26 Th 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $10.00

The Universe Begins Without a Big Bang
In the first part of this course, a brief history of astronomers and their machines used to gather data will be discussed. This data has been used to formulate various hypotheses about how the universe began. The second part of the course will discuss one hypothesis known as the Big Bang Theory, including its genesis, short comings and errors. Finally, a new hypothesis will be discussed that is believed to fit the data better as well as not violating fundamental laws of physics. (2 sessions) 

Instructor: Bob Farrell, PhD is a retired Penn State Professor. He is a prolific writer and has done extensive research on historic and scientific phenomena for his books.

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BANG
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Farrell 2/26 - 3/5 Mo 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $15.00

What Non-Muslims Need to Know About Islam
This class will help you understand the ideological nature of Islam in order to make sense of what is going on in the world today, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, the Arab Spring, and the conflict over Israel. We will examine the Koran, the Ahadith (sayings of Muhammad), Sharia Law, and the writings of the most respected Islamic religious authorities to see what they say about non-Muslims and women. (4 sessions) 

Instructor:  Dr. Carl Goldberg received his PhD in history from the University of Michigan. After 9/11, he began to study Islam and has made many public speaking and radio appearances in Arizona and Nevada.

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This class will have lectures for 3 sessions and a 4th session for questions and discussion.

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MUS
PORA Adult Learning
Conference 1
Goldberg, PhD 2/6 - 2/27 Tu 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $15.00