Honors College Welcomes Dr. Sheldon Solomon, Faculty from Skidmore College's Psychology Department
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, NAH 201 - Inspiration Hall - view map
Dr. Solomon will be presenting on March 13 at 7 pm in the new NAH Inspiration Hall as part of the Honors College Presents Lecture Series. Author of "The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life" and one of the originators of Terror Management Theory, Dr. Solomon will discuss the uniquely human fear of how death has a pervasive effect on human beings' thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Humans manage the terror of death by adhering to culturally constructed beliefs about reality that provide a sense that one is a person of value in a world of meaning, and thus eligible for either literal or symbolic immortality. The quest for immortality underlies some of humankind’s most noble achievements. It also, however, engenders some of our most ignominious affectations, including: hostility and disdain for people with different beliefs; attraction to ideological demagogues; indifference to, or contempt for, the natural environment; and, the mindless pursuit of material possessions—which, if unchecked, may render humans the first form of life responsible for their own extinction. He will present an overview of these ideas and his empirical work that corroborates them, and then considers the implications of these notions for personal and interpersonal behavior.