Darwin, Science and Belief Conference
Senate Lounge, Durham Castle
Thursday, 19th April 2007
Laying aside the polemical 'debates' over whether the world is 4,000 years old, this conference will consider the ethics of efforts to convert a public from religious to scientific beliefs, and whether Darwinian science and religion truly are diametrically opposed.
If anthropologists generally avoid openly challenging the native spiritual beliefs of traditional societies, is it acceptable for scientists to contest the beliefs of the major monotheistic religions in modern society?
Professor Simon Coleman, Sussex University
Science versus Anthropology, not Religion
- Professor Bob Layton, Durham University
The Social Context of Aboriginal and Western Creationism
- Dr Denis Alexander, Cambridge University
Science and Religion: Negotiating the 21st Century Rapids
Given it may be an evolved disposition, is religion inevitable in human society, and therefore futile to try to 'combat' it, or is it just a matter of educational standards?
- Professor Lewis Wolpert, UCL
The Evolutionary Origins of Causal Beliefs
- Dr Timothy Taylor, University of Bradford
Artificial: Why Darwin was wrong about People but right about God
- Professor Steven Mithen, University of Reading
The Inevitablity of Religion? A View from the Past
Is religion "bad" for society? Is science "good"? What do we really know about the societal costs and benefits of widespread religious belief, versus widespread scientific reasoning, versus a balance of both?
- Professor Jeff Astley, Durham University
Science, Religion and Well-Being: A Case Against Creationism for Adoloscents
- Professor Douglas Davies, Durham University
The Evolution of God
- Professor Ian Reader, Lancaster University
- Dr Peter Collins, Durham University
Can science itself inspire spiritual wonder? What are the most fascinating recent scientific insights on the nature and origin of the universe beyond our world?
- Professor John Hedley Brooke, Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford
Rainbows and Rapture: Scientific Discovery as Spiritual Experience
- Professor Charlotte Hardman, Durham University
Re-enchanting the World from Goethe to Western Spiritualities
- Dr David Wilkinson, Durham University
- Programme and Abstracts (PDF) (last modified: 5 March 2007)