Colleagues are very welcome at the following events hosted by CHESS and K4U (ERC project) this academic year
Public Lecture: Dr Peter Vickers 'Identifying Future-Proof Science'
Identifying Future-Proof Science
This is a Public Lecture hosted by the Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre (JCLLC) in collaboration with the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS). It is open to all and there is no charge for attendance. Tickets can be booked here.
Dr Peter Vickers (Durham University) asks "Is science getting at the truth?" In this talk he will explore the issue of how we can identify the scientific theories that will still be with us in a thousand years (if the human race lasts that long!).
Abstract: Is science getting at the truth? Sceptics claim that, given all the ‘scientific revolutions’ in the history of science, we should expect further major changes in scientific thinking in the future. They ask: given the history of science, wouldn’t it be naïve to think that current scientific theories reveal ‘the truth’, and will never be discarded in favour of other theories? After all, previous scientists thought so, and they were wrong. Through a combination of history, philosophy, and science, my work over the past seven years has defended science against such (potentially dangerous) scepticism, arguing that we should be confident that contemporary science often does reveal the truth (or at least something very close). In this talk I explore the issue of how we can identify the scientific theories that will still be with us in a thousand years (if the human race lasts that long!).
Department of Philosophy
50 Old Elvet
DH1 3HN, UK
Tel: 0191 334 6552
Fax: 0191 334 6551