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Summer Course no. 2 - Unit 1: Science, Humanity and Religion

St Edmund’s College: July 20-26, 2007

Deadline for applications: June 25, 2007
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 25, 2007

Aim of Course

This course is divided into 2 weeks, and applicants can apply for either week or both. A wide range of topics at the science/religion interface are addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The first week includes the rationality of science and religion, cosmology including the anthropic principle, ethical issues in the biosciences, and environmental concern. The second week includes historical and philosophical perspectives, and issues raised by biology, including the theory of evolution, and by modern neuroscience.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Friday July 20
6.00 pmArrival
6.15 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday July 21: Theme - 'Rationality in Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Roger Trigg: The Rationality of Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Roger Trigg: The Rationality of Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Alan Padgett: A Mutuality Model for Science and Religion
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Alan Padgett: The Role of God in Modern Science: Models of Divine Action
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday July 22: Theme - 'God and the Question of Origins: the Big Bang and Cosmology'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amFree time
11.30 amProf. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
12.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Paul Shellard: The Anthropic Principle
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Prof David Wilkinson: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Ultimate Explanations in Cosmology
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Monday July 23: Theme - 'Scientists' Problems with Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Denis Alexander: Is God a Virus?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr Patrick Richmond: Is God Complex?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. David Cook: Does Religion Block Scientific Advance?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 2 Speakers - Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 24: Theme - 'Science, Theology and Human Nature'
9.00 amProf. John Bryant: Genetic Engineering in Health and Disease
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Bryant: Stem Cells in Research and in the Clinic
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr Michael Banner: The Use of Animals in Experimentation: Some Issues
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. David Cook: What Ethical Considerations are Implied by the Imago Dei Doctrine?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 2 Speakers - Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 25: Theme - 'The Environment'
9.00 amProf. Bob White FRS: Why Care for the Environment?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Calvin DeWitt: The Science and Ethics of Caring for Creation
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Margot Hodson: Balancing Human and Environmental Concerns
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.00 pmProf. Joe Perry: GM Crops and GM food - Do We Need Them?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Thursday July 26
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart