Sunday, March 3 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Science and Judaism – Conflict or Coexistence?

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Since modern science began 500 years ago, its conflict with religion has been dramatic and the effects increasingly widespread. No longer burnt at the stake, scientists dismiss the Bible while fundamentalists assert that science has erred. Modern fallout includes anti-intellectualism, aggressive atheism and a retreat from Judaism into culturalism, with falling synagogue membership and rising assimilation. Responsibility is shared: we scientists fail to communicate our rationales and vocabulary while theology can be enveloped in ancient thought modes and language that many find impenetrable and irrelevant. I'll aim therefore to: give a lay explanation of scientific methods and explain how aggressive scepticism drives scientific progress; acknowledge our need for meaning beyond scientific rationality; suggest that Judaism, not science, addresses that need.

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David Hoult

David Hoult is a physicist, musician and observant Jew. Following his doctorate at Oxford University, he spent his career developing from its inception magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – at Oxford, at the N.I.H., the University of Utrecht and finally, at the National Research Council... Read More →

Sunday March 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 224

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