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Summer Course No. 1 - Unit 1: The Big Questions In Science and Religion

St Edmund’s College: July 16-22, 2006

Deadline for applications: July 2, 2006
Deadline for Bursary applications: July 1, 2006

Aim of Course

This course is divided into 2 weeks, and applicants can apply for either week or both. The first week is especially for scientists and looks at some of the big questions in the science/religion debate. Some of the topics covered in the first short course are now treated in a more detail with focussed days on the anthropic principle, evolution, mind/brain, how science and religion may relate, and ethical issues in the application of science. The second week focuses more in depth on the history and philosophy of science/religion, for example including how knowledge in each sphere is justified, and how God might act in a world described by scientific laws.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

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Venue

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

Course Schedule

Sunday July 16
5.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 17: Theme - 'Is Anybody There? The Anthropic Principle, Science & Religion.'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. George F. R. Ellis: Physics and the Real World
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. George F. R. Ellis: A Critique of Multiverses
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmProf. Sir Brian Heap: A Life in Science
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 18: Theme - 'Does Evolution Have Any Religious Significance?'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology – Part 1
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology – Part 2
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Jeff Schloss: The End of Love: Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Human Purpose
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Jeff Schloss: The Evolution of Religion and the Religion of Evolution
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Warren Brown: Reconciling Neuropsychology and Theology
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 19: Theme - 'Is Religion All in the Brain?'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Gareth Jones: Genetics, plasticity and personhood: the brain in the 21st century
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 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
5.30 pmDr Stuart Judge: Brains and Persons
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
Thursday July 20: Theme - 'How Do Scientific and Religious Knowledge Relate?'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Denis Alexander: The Historical Background to the Science-Religion Debate
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Philip Clayton: Explanation in Science and Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Philip Clayton: Emergence
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Lydia Jaeger: The Idea of Law in Science and Religion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS: Science and Miracles
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 21: Theme - 'How Far Should We Go in the Applications of Science?'
8.00 amBreakfast
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 the Clinic
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Joe Perry: GM Crops and GM food - Do We Need Them?
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmPanel Discussion with 2 Speakers - Questions and Discussion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.45 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmProf. Sir Ghillean Prance: Sustainability of the Non-Human World
Saturday July 22
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart