Quest Lifelong Learning Community - Continuing Education for Seniors in NYC

Science & Philosophy

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, see more details at the bottom of this page.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Coordinators: Michael Hamburg, Steve Allen

This class is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what the universe actually is, where it came from, and where it is headed. We will begin on Earth and continue on towards the farthest reaches of the observable universe. Prior knowledge or technical expertise in math or science is not required. Just bring your questions and sense of wonder.

B WEEK / THURSDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm

EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY

Coordinators: Steve Allen, Larry Shapiro

Our focus will be on how philosophy approaches particular issues, as opposed to an in-depth analysis of specific philosophers. A short reading will be assigned as preparation for each week’s discussion, but each class will start with a brief summary of the reading to allow some  participation by “drop-ins.”

B WEEK / THURSDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm

INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Coordinators: Pete Weis, Jim Brook

This course will conclude with seven presentations relating to our present day lives, including the final development in transportation, the workplace, and in leisure activities. The history of these developments, as well as the impact on our lives – for better or worse – will be presented.

A WEEK / MONDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm

READING CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES: BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON II

Coordinators: Paul Golomb, Bob Martin

In fall 2019, we explored Hebrew scripture. This class now moves on to the Bible that Christians call The New Testament. We will look at the Bible in its setting, the first and second centuries of the Christian Era, and at its conceptual origins in the Hebrew Bible. We will consider the Jesus of history, of the evangelists and of the apostle Paul. And we will investigate what makes Christian Scripture Christian. Participants should make a point of having a copy of the Bible at hand.

A WEEK / WEDNESDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm

SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS

Coordinators: Steve Allen, Gil Santiago, Brenda Wilder, Judy Weis

Advances in science uncover wonders that transform our lives and deepen our understanding of humanity, life, and the world around us. Science literacy is the key that opens doors to the extraordinary beauty of our natural world. This course will explore various pathways of scientific inquiry, their impacts and limits, and highlight some of the men and women responsible for groundbreaking research. Presenters will strive to communicate in a way that all can understand.

A WEEK / THURSDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm