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Summer Course no. 7: Science and Religion - the View Both Ways

St Edmund’s College: July 8-14, 2012

Deadline for applications: June 8, 2012
Deadline for Bursary applications: April 13, 2012

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 St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Application Form

Course Fees for Faraday Summer Course No. 7

Fees shown are an all-inclusive package that includes: all meals, including a gala dinner (with wine); accommodation; the course itself; and incidentals such as refreshments during breaks. The package fee is discounted according to circumstances:

  • Category A = £290 (full-time students, graduate or undergraduate)
  • Category B = £390 (University Post Docs within 5 years of PhD)
  • Category C = £570 (standard)

Some rooms will have ensuite facilities, while others will share bathrooms.

Applicants living in Cambridge who do not need accommodation are advised to contact the Course Director who will advise on fees.

Course Schedule

Sunday July 8
6.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday 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. Paul Shellard: The Anthropic Principle
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Ian Hutchinson: Monopolising Knowledge: A Refutation of Scientism
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. John Walton: Interpreting the creation narratives in Genesis 1-3
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
Tuesday July 10: Theme - 'Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr David Lahti: The Genetics of Human Behaviour
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Cara Wall-Scheffler: How did Humans Evolve?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. John Bryant: Creation or Evolution?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDr Jennifer Wiseman: Habitable Exoplanets: the Implications for Human Significance
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 11: Theme - '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. Peter Clarke: The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Lionel Tarassenko: Artificial Intelligence: from chess-playing machines to artificial consciousness?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Peter van Inwagen: A Philosophical Perspective on Free Will
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 12: Theme - 'Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Gareth Jones: Human Embryology and Bioethics
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Wyatt: What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Jonathan Moo: Environmental Apocalypse and Christian Hope
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Elaine Howard Ecklund: The Religious and Ethical Beliefs of Scientists
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 13: Theme - 'Historical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Hedley Brooke: Science vs Religion? The Roots of the Conflict Thesis
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Edward Larson: Darwinism, Eugenics and Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Allan Chapman: The Historical Roots of Scientific Reductionism
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Alister McGrath: Science, Religion and the New Atheism
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 14
8.00 amBreakfast