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Terror Management: How Our Worldviews Help Us Deny Death – Luke Galen (Grand Rapids)Date:
May 26, 2010
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 706-2029
Forty years ago Ernest Becker theorized in his “Denial of Death” that our culture and our cherished worldviews serve the purpose of maintaining our self-esteem and sense of meaning in the face of inevitable death and insignificance. More recently a body of work in the social sciences called “Terror Management Theory” has lent empirical evidence to these provocative ideas. The unconscious anxiety about our own mortality has been linked to group conflict, aggression against those who challenge our worldview, denial of our animal nature including the theory of evolution, and the unreasonable belief that the world is predictable and just.
The implications of these results are relevant to politics, inter-religious conflicts, nationalism, fundamentalism, and many other forms of vehement worldview defense. Join us to find out more about this intriguing topic.
Meetings are open to the Public
After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map
About Luke Galen, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, Grand Valley State University
Luke Galen is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. His areas of research include the study of secularityand nonreligious groups, religious fundamentalism and the psychology of belief and non-belief. He teaches classes on the Psychology of Religion, Controversial Issues in Psychology, and Human Sexuality. He is faculty advisor to the GVSU Center for Inquiry campus group. He is currently working on a co-authored book entitled “Being Secular.”