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Living Lightly, Living Faithfully - new book from the Faraday Institute now avaialble

November 13, 2013

Living Lightly, Living Faithfully explores the distinctive contributions that religions can make to confronting the challenges of sustainability. Originating from

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Living Lightly, Living Faithfully explores the distinctive contributions that religions can make to confronting the challenges of sustainability. Originating from a conference at Cambridge University, it contains essays from a wide variety of authors representing diverse faith and secular positions, helping us chart a path towards a more sustainable future, and inspiring us to set out on it with renewed passion and hope.

Editors: Colin Bell, Jonathan Chaplin and Robert White

Print and electronic versions avaialble from the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

Alister McGrath appointed to Idreos Chair of Science and Religion at Oxford

November 6, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Alister McGrath, a Faraday Institute Advisory Board Member, has been appointed to the

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Alister McGrath, a Faraday Institute Advisory Board Member, has been appointed to the Idreos Chair of Science and Religion at Oxford University. Prof. McGrath will be taking up his new appointment on April 1st 2014. The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Prof. McGrath on his new position.

Friday 25 October "Boosting the Brain" Faraday Instititute at the Festival of Ideas

October 23, 2013

From 'smart' drugs developed in pharmacology to the proposal of cybernetic implants as a means of enhancing brain function. Just

From 'smart' drugs developed in pharmacology to the proposal of cybernetic implants as a means of enhancing brain function. Just how far are we prepared to go in boosting our brains? Prof. Barbara Sahakian, Dr. Raymond Tallis, Dr. Alasdair Coles, and Dr. Pete Moore discuss the latest developments and implications.

This panel discussion will take place as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

It will be held in the Queen's Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Friday 25th October.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

A book stall and refreshments will be available after the event.

Monday 4 November The Faraday Institute annual reception for Cambridge scientists

October 23, 2013

The Faraday Institute will hold the second annual reception on Monday 4th November 2013 starting from 6.00 p.m. in The

The Faraday Institute will hold the second annual reception on Monday 4th November 2013 starting from 6.00 p.m. in The Guildhall. The invitation is for all in the Cambridge area who self-identify as scientists (from graduate students to FRS’s and Nobel prize-winners) and who also self-identify as Christians.

This year's speaker will be Professor Andrew Wyllie FRS, previously Head of the Department of Pathology at Cambridge.

The purpose of the free event is to provide a convivial opportunity to meet other Christians in the Cambridge scientific community, to hear a short talk by a well-known local speaker, and to spend some time in disciplinary discussion groups.

There will also be an opportunity to publicise any relevant activities in which you may be involved and to hear what’s going on in Cambridge. In addition there will be an extensive book-stall relating to science and religion.

To register or to find out more go to www.cambridgereception.org or contact the Faraday Administrator (faraday.administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk).

BIG BANG, BIG GOD - new book by Rodney Holder available from the on-line shop

October 23, 2013

How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Does a scientific explanation mean that we can do without

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How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Does a scientific explanation mean that we can do without God? Why are the laws of nature so special (so "fine-tuned") as to produce a universe with intelligent creatures in it? Can the existence of a multiverse – a vast or infinite collection of universes – explain the specialness of this universe? This book argues that only God provides an explanation for the universe to exist at all, and that design by God provides the most rational explanation for its fine-tuning.

RRP £8.99 - available from the on-line shop at a special price of £6.

JOB VACANCY - EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

September 13, 2013

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is looking for a dynamic and proactive individual to be responsible for all

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is looking for a dynamic and proactive individual to be responsible for all the external communications of the Institute.

Applications quoting Position FP2/11 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Wednesday 16th October 2013. A Job Description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.

More information is available here.

 

 

Hope in an Age of Despair by Jonathan Moo and Bob White now avaialble in the Faraday on-line shop

June 19, 2013

In the face of Climate change and other environmental trends, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future. The

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In the face of Climate change and other environmental trends, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future.

The authors' own conclusion is that there is in fact plenty of cause for concern but they reflect on just what difference the Bible's vision of the future of all of creation makes to how we live now and respond to the challenges facing life on earth.

 

 

The Faraday Institute in Central America

June 12, 2013

The Faraday Institute has partnered with local organisers in Mexico and Guatemala to run two very successful courses on Science

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The Faraday Institute has partnered with local organisers in Mexico and Guatemala to run two very successful courses on Science and Religion in May.

In Puebla, Mexico, the course was sponsored by UPAEP, (Universidad Popular Autonomo de l’Estade de Puebla) a private Catholic University in the city, and formed part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. A mainly academic audience of about 50 people heard lectures from distinguished Latin American speakers as well as Denis Alexander and Rodney Holder from The Faraday Institute and John Walton from Wheaton College. The provision of simultaneous translation enabled everyone to fully participate in lectures and discussions.
 
The course in Guatemala City, entitled ‘Science and Faith: Two Windows, One Reality’, took place at SETECA (Seminario Theológico Centroamericano) and was attended by over 70 scientists, theologians, and social scientists representing a wide range of ages and stages, including many theological students from the seminary. There was great enthusiasm among many of the participants for continuing the science and faith dialogue in Guatemala, and the organisers are already talking about running another course in the future.

 

Published: "Georges Lemaitre: Life, Science and Legacy"

April 25, 2013

Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, edited by Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society/Springer) has been published. The

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Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, edited by Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society/Springer) has been published. The book examines the historical, cosmological and theological issues surrounding the development of the Big Bang theory from the pioneering work of Lemaître up to the present day. Copies are now available from the Faraday online shop

A PDF promotional flyer is available here.

Faraday Courses Overseas

March 27, 2013

This summer sees Faraday courses taking place in three overseas locations: Mexico Course: Cosmological Models and the Laws of the Universe

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This summer sees Faraday courses taking place in three overseas locations:

Mexico Course:
Cosmological Models and the Laws of the Universe - Scientific Truth and Theological Perspective
May 13-14, 2013

Guatemala Course:
Science and Faith - Two Windows, One Reality
May 16-19, 2013

Russia Course:
An Introduction to the Science-Religion Dialogue
June 27-30, 2013

See the Courses page on the Faraday website for more information.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speaks in Cambridge

March 20, 2013

On 17 March, more than 200 people listened to NASA astronomer Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speak in Cambridge, and she enthralled

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On 17 March, more than 200 people listened to NASA astronomer Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speak in Cambridge, and she enthralled the audience with a fascinating presentation on the search for exoplanets and the implications of finding life ‘out there’.

Part of the University of Cambridge’s annual Science Festival, Dr. Wiseman’s talk “Other worlds: exoplanets and discovering life beyond Earth” was full of awe-inspiring images from the Hubble telescope, as well as thought-provoking reflections from the world of philosophy and religion.
 
During her Faraday Institute-hosted visit to the UK, Dr. Wiseman also spoke in three schools in the Cambridge area, bringing cutting-edge science and astronomy to hundreds of pupils eager to learn about our place in the universe.
 
Dr. Wiseman’s talk will soon be available on the Faraday website (a link will appear here).

Machines in the Image of God?

March 6, 2013

Recent advances in psychological theories of emotion and affect, and their embodiment in computational systems will enable new applications in

Recent advances in psychological theories of emotion and affect, and their embodiment in computational systems will enable new applications in commerce, education, entertainment, security, therapy and everyday life. The advent of machines that recognise and express emotions takes us one step closer to making machines in the image of God. Is it a step too far? There are also important issues of privacy and personal expression that must be considered.

Peter Robinson, Professor of Computer Technology in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, will address these themes in a public lecture organised by The Faraday Institute on 7 March in Cambridge. Prof. Robinson leads the Rainbow Research Group working on computer graphics and interaction, and his research concerns problems at the boundary between people and computers. This involves investigating new technologies to enhance communication between computers and their users, and new applications to exploit these technologies. He has led investigations of the inference of people's mental states from facial expressions, vocal nuances, body posture and gesture, and other physiological signals, and also considered the expression of emotions by robots and cartoon avatars. Professor Robinson is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Machines in the Image of God?

Thursday 7 March, 5.30pm

Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Free entry, no need to book

 

JOB VACANCIES Coordinator for Templeton World Charity Foundation Projects and Themes (2 posts)

March 4, 2013

Professor Andrew Briggs (University of Oxford) is looking for two people to work with him on the development of themes and

Professor Andrew Briggs (University of Oxford) is looking for two people to work with him on the development of themes and proposals for Templeton World Charity Foundation. These will be fixed-term University appointments, at a grade corresponding to the high level of responsibility.

For more information see below or go to:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=106674

Coordinator for Templeton World Charity Foundation Projects and Themes (2 posts)

Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 8: Salary in the range £37,382 - £39,649 p.a.

We have a vacancy for two high level coordinators to provide academic analysis of topics suitable for development into funding themes consistent with the aims of Sir John Templeton in the general area of new spiritual information through science. The persons appointed will work with Professor Briggs to formulate funding themes and to develop proposals from researchers around the world for grants from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). Applicants will have an excellent degree and a doctorate in a subject relevant to TWCF grant making, such as natural or social sciences, or theology or philosophy, together with knowledge and experience of funding agencies and grant making processes. An essential skill is writing to a high standard based on analysis of complex documents.

The largest core funding area of this major philanthropic funding agency is research, education and other outreaches about basic understanding of reality governing the universe and humanity's place in it, and the application of these discoveries to bring about widened meaning and purpose. In addition, TWCF supports research and programmes in other areas including Freedom and Free Enterprise and Character Development.

Although the core of the work will be performed in Oxford, there may be requirements to travel to meetings anywhere in the world, including Nassau in the Bahamas, either alone or with Professor Briggs or others. The posts are funded through a contract between TWCF and the University of Oxford, and are available immediately for appointment until 30 June 2015.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 25 March 2013 with interviews currently planned for 16 April 2013.

Contact Person :        Mrs R Bradford  Vacancy ID :    106674
Contact Phone :         Closing Date :  25-Mar-2013
Contact Email :

rebecca.bradford@materials.ox.ac.uk?subject=Coordinator%20for%20Templeton%20World%20Charity%20Foundation%20Projects%20and%20Themes%20(2%20posts)

 

Faraday smartphone app launched

February 1, 2013

The Faraday Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its very own smartphone app, making its unparalleled educational resources

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The Faraday Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its very own smartphone app, making its unparalleled educational resources available to an even wider global community. Leading the debate in science and religion, The Faraday Institute’s news, updates, and interviews are now even easier to access.

Currently available on Android platform-handsets and iPhones, the app features the best of the Institute's online content - such as the daily newsfeed, an event calendar, YouTube clips, and staff contact information.
 
The app has been developed by Mickey & Mallory, a creative agency that specialises in collaborative design and knowledge marketing.
 
We encourage you to download the app and tell your friends and colleagues.

The Android platform app can be found in the Google Play store here.
The iPhone app can be found online here.

 

The Isaac Newton Guide Book - now in stock

January 29, 2013

The Isaac Newton Guide Book has now been published by The Faraday Institute. You can purchase the book via the Faraday

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The Isaac Newton Guide Book has now been published by The Faraday Institute.

You can purchase the book via the Faraday online shop. The RRP is £25 but it will be available via the Faraday shop for the discounted price of £15. Orders need to specify whether you need a PAL (Europe) or NTSC (North America) format DVD.

The book includes the text of the Faraday-sponsored play ‘Let Newton Be!’ together with eight specially commissioned essays about Newton by experts in the field, all lavishly illustrated in colour with 86 photos. There is also a preface by Stephen Hawking, an introduction by playwright Craig Baxter, and a DVD of the Menagerie Theatre Company production.
 
A promotional brochure is also now available to view and download here.

Dr Denis Alexander gives Gifford Lectures at St Andrews (UPDATED)

January 22, 2013

Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute Dr Denis Alexander began his Gifford lecture series at St Andrews University Monday night,

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Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute Dr Denis Alexander began his Gifford lecture series at St Andrews University Monday night, speaking to a packed lecture theatre on the introductory topic ‘Genes, History and Ideology’.

During the week, Dr Alexander has addressed different aspects of the topic, with the final lecture coming on Friday night. The overall theme is ‘Genes, Determinism and God’.
 
On Monday, an audience of around 170 attended the first lecture of the series, when Dr Alexander gave a broad historical sweep of the different approaches to the question of ‘nature and nurture’. Painting a background picture that went from ancient Mesopotamia to Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill and Francis Galton, via Plato, Augustine, Descartes and John Locke, Dr Alexander then spent time looking at the swings and trends of the debate through the twentieth century.
 
Describing a shift in those shaping the debate, from philosophers and politicians to biologists, medics and anthropologists, Dr Alexander highlighted some of the major themes of previous decades like behaviourism, cultural anthropology, neo-Darwinian synthesis, eugenics, sociobiology, and behavioural genetics.
 
Dr Alexander was keen to stress how dichotomous ways of thinking have had an unhelpful influence on the discussion, which has often been reduced to an adversarial ‘genes vs. environment’ or ‘nature vs. nurture’ approach (with one of the factors being treatment of the issue in the media and popular culture). Dr Alexander aims with these lectures to change the goal posts, and to show how contemporary biology provides a framework or matrix that does greater justice to the complexity of human identity and personhood. “The contemporary biological picture”, comments Dr Alexander “is a gift to natural theology”. 
 
The Gifford Lectures were established to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term”, and have been delivered annually since 1888 at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews.
 
(More photos from the event are available on Flickr here)

UPDATED 22/1/13

Video recordings of the lectures are now online.

Get involved in our project on European science values

January 7, 2013

The Faraday project "Restoring Spiritual Values to European Science: The New Renaissance" is calling for participants for its current survey. If

The Faraday project "Restoring Spiritual Values to European Science: The New Renaissance" is calling for participants for its current survey.

If you work at any level of the science and research arena (from academia to industry, from the library to the lab, from research to management) in any EU member state, we would love to hear your views on the future of European science policy. Our survey is divided into 5 manageable sections and is available online now. Answer all 5 sections of the survey and leave at least your name and e-mail address on each section to be entered into a prize draw to win an invite (and a travel voucher) to attend our future workshop in Brussels* to discuss your views with major actors and stakeholders in the European Research Area (*details tbc).

Links to all the survey sections can be found on the project's website: www.restoringspiritualvalues.wordpress.com

You can also keep up to date with news articles related to science and research in the EU via the project's 'Facebook' page, accessible at: www.facebook.com/RestoringSpiritualValues

Or simply 'follow' the project on Twitter @EUScienceValues

Thank you for your interest!

Dr. Diana Jane Beech
Faraday Research Associate