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Summer Course no. 2 - Unit 2: The Origins of Science and the Science of Origins

St Edmund’s College: July 27 - Aug 2, 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 27
6.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday July 28: Theme - 'History of the Relationship between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Peter Harrison: Religion and the Rise of Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Hedley Brooke: Science vs Religion? The Roots of the Conflict Thesis
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Ernan McMullin (deceased): Was Galileo Guilty?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Jason M Rampelt: Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944): Relativity and Dogma
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 29: Theme - 'Historical and Philosophical Perspectives'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amFree time
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Peter Harrison: The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. John Hedley Brooke: The Reception of Darwinism
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Critical Realism in Science and Religion
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Monday July 30: Theme - 'God and the Question of Origins: Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Ard Louis: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biological Complexity
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Kenneth Miller: The Intelligent Design Movement - A Critical Analysis
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.00 pmProf. Jeff Schloss: The End of Love: Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Human Purpose
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 31: Theme - 'God and the Question of Origins: Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Jeff Schloss: The Evolution of Religion and the Religion of Evolution
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Kenneth Miller: Chance, Necessity and Evolution
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: God and Origins: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday August 1: Theme - 'Is Religion All in the Brain'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Bill Newsome: Theology and the Neurosciences
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Gareth Jones: Does Biological Enhancement of the Brain Affect our Status as Images of God?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Peter Clarke (deceased): Brains and Machines
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Gareth Jones: Genetics, plasticity and personhood: the brain in the 21st century
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Thursday August 2
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart