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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 125 - July 2016

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July 2016 Newsletter No. 125
Summer Course 11
 
The eleventh Faraday Summer Course took place in Cambridge on 3 – 8 July and was a stimulating and lively event. Attended by over 40 delegates from 18 countries, the week comprised excellent lectures on science and religion from leading scientists and theologians in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. A series of workshops on scientific and social science topics added to our understanding. In addition the delegates split into small discussion groups when they were able to pose more in depth questions to the speakers. For a little light relief, we were treated to some amazing stories about the universe from science storyteller Andy Fletcher. All this took place in the hospitable surroundings of Lucy Cavendish College with its excellent food and fine gardens.

Some quotes form delegates at the course:
"It has given me the opportunity to learn new things, meet a diverse range of people from different disciplines and make friends."  "Clearly presented lectures and discussions by people at the top of their field, who not only enabled complex issues to be grappled with more easily but also opened up new ways of thinking about them."  "Felt very welcomed, impressed and excellent having a big cultural mix from the delegates."
Click here to listen to a podcast interview and find out what it's like to attend Faraday events
New Faraday Paper
Paper No. 19 Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Natural Theology
 
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our Faraday Paper series from Emeritus Course Director Revd Dr Rodney Holder.
 
Abstract
Natural theology is concerned with what we can know about God purely by being human and thinking about the world, apart from any special revelation, and science has often been a resource for this discipline. In the twentieth century its validity as an enterprise of theology proper has been seriously questioned. However, if there is natural theology in the Bible, it would seem to be legitimate after all.
 
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Upcoming Courses

September 
16-18 September 
Short Course 36
Reality, Robots and Religion 
(Robinson College, Cambridge)

Deadline for applications:
August 1, 2016
Deadline for Bursary applications: June 27, 2016


November 
12 November 
Day Course (Norwich) 
Exploring Science and Religion
Research Seminar Series 
 
Our Autumn Research Seminar series will recommence on 11 October, we have four great speakers to look forward to.

11 October
Professor Julian Hughes  (Old Age Psychiatry) University of Bristol

25 October
Professor Hasok Chang (History and Philosophy of Science) Cambridge

8 November
Professor John Evans (Sociology)
University of California, San Diego, USA

22 November
Dr Michael Pluess, (Biological and Experimental Psychology) Queen Mary University of London
 
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays during term in St Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.
Click here to read our latest press coverage "Would you baptise a robot'? Cambridge University experts to consider religious impact of AI "
 
Faraday 'out and about' in July and August

July
14 July Ruth Bancewicz will be leading a workshop on "Translating Life Sciences and Religion for the General Public" at the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities conference run by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford
19 July Denis Alexander will give a talk on "Are we slaves to our genes? A scientific and Christian perspective” at the next Parks at One meeting on the Cambridge Science Park.
19 July Hilary Marlow has been invited to give a paper entitled “Greening Texts: Ecological Hermeneutics in Inter-disciplinary Perspective” as part of the ecological hermeneutics stream of the European Association of Biblical Studies conference in Belgium. 
22 July Beth Singler will give a sample lecture on “AI and Religion” for the University of Cambridge Experience for State School Students. 
25 - 28 July Rebecca Watson will be at the summer meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study in Manchester.
27- 30 July Beth Singler, Caroline Tee and Amy Unsworth will all be presenting at the Ian Ramsey Centre Conference “A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society”

August
1 -3 August Roger Abbott will present “Friendship Without Compromise? Exploring Social Cohesion Between Protestants, Catholics, and Vaudissants in Haiti" at the Oxford Religious Symposium on Religious Studies.
June Update

On 20-21 June Faraday Course Director Dr Hilary Marlow was part of a small workshop that convened in Northern Spain to discuss ways in which scientists and theologians and leaders from the world’s faiths could cooperate to address environmental issues. The result was the Torrecuidad Interfaith Declaration on Science and Faith, which readers are invited to endorse: http://www.declarationtorreciudad.org/en/
 
Faraday Director Prof. Bob White and his team hosted a hands-on interactive and fun Explosive Earth exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London. 14,372 people passed through the doors at the Royal Society last week visiting 22 exhibits. Explosive Earth showcased current research in the explosive field of volcano seismology, investigating the 30,000 earthquakes that led up to a spectacular six-month eruption in Iceland. Check out the video in the link below to see how the earthquakes tracked the progress of the molten rock as it moved away from the volcano. More can be found out about their work and exhibit here.
FARADAY SHORT COURSE
16 -18 September, Cambridge

 
Can machines express emotions? What would happen if robots replaced human beings? What is the future of artificial intelligence? Where do science fiction and reality overlap? Come and explore these and other questions about artificial intelligence and robotics at the next weekend course:
 
Reality, Robots and Religion: Human Identity in an Age of Machines
16-18 September 2016, Robinson College, Cambridge.

 
Speakers include: Prof. Lord Martin Rees, Prof. Susan Eastman, Prof. John Wyatt, Dr Michael Burdett.
For more details and to book see the Faraday Website: Reality, Robots and Religion