Why are we here? (Film screening and panel)

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Today science says it has found the rules which explain everything, from particles to galaxies, from genes to our minds. But the explanation comes at a cost, for the rules, some scientists say, have no meaning. There is no question, they say, of asking why, no room for purpose or moral certainty. 
But is this really true? Is this what we must accept? Could we really be creatures made to see and seek meaning in a universe where none exists? Or are there, even within science itself, clues that might give us back a sense of meaning and purpose? 
In this series Oxford Physics Professor Ard Louis is joined by distinguished science documentary film maker and presenter David Malone. They travel to India, Senegal and the United States to meet some of the world’s best physicists, mathematicians, philosophers, neuroscientists and biologists to discuss and debate questions about meaning and the nature of the universe. 
For Ard, the Universe is best understood in the context of belief in God. David cannot believe in God. But he is passionate about science embracing the human need for meaning rather than denying it. Both share a profound unease about the tendency to fundamentalist, in both science and religion. 
Three years in the making, these four films bear the hallmark of Malone’s award winning, reflective and beautiful film making style. Stunning images of the variety of life on Earth illustrate and drive forward the series’ questions. On screen there is an engaging chemistry between David, the artist, and Ard, the scientist, providing a sometimes funny, but always thoughtful commentary on some of biggest questions faced.
This event will screen one of the episodes and be followed by a panel discussion with Ard, Louis and two protagonists.