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Summer Course no. 8: Science and Religion - Two Paths to Truth?

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: July 7-13, 2013

Deadline for applications: June 7, 2013
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 8, 2013

Aim of Course

In this one week course a wide range of topics at the science/religion interface will be addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The topics to be covered include historical and philosophical perspectives; the relationships between physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience with religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

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.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

The course will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking.  The College is a short taxi-ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes.

 Location map for Lucy Cavendish College.

Course Schedule

Sunday July 7
6.00 pmRegistration
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 8: Theme - 'Historical Interactions between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Peter Harrison: Religion and the Rise of Modern Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Edward B. ("Ted") Davis: Why History Matters: Debunking the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Lessons from the Golden Age of Islam and Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Modern Science: conflict or harmony?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 9: Theme - 'Physics and Faith'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Theology and Physics
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Tim O'Connor: Could there be a Theory of Everything?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf Owen Gingerich: Truth in Science: Proof and Persuasion from Copernicus to the Galileo Affair
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Edward B. ("Ted") Davis: Science and Religion in the Life of Robert Boyle
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 10: Theme - 'Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Bryant: Creation or Evolution/Creatioin and Evolution?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Cara Wall-Scheffler: Human Anthropology and the Origins of Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Jennifer Wiseman: New Surprises in an Ancient Universe
5.30 pmDr John Bimson: Interpreting the Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 11: Theme - 'Mind and Brain, Soul and Body'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Peter Clarke (deceased): The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Noreen Herzfeld: Are humans computers?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Daniel Weiss: The Concept of the Person in Judaism
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Tim O'Connor: Free Will and the Scientific Study of the Mind: Oil and Water?
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 12: Theme - 'Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Cherryl Hunt: Ethics, Theology and the Biosciences
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Wyatt: What does it mean to be a person? Issues of life and death
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Margot Hodson: The Environment: What hope do we have for life on a fragile planet?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Russell Cowburn FRS: Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 13
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart