Joint Seminar Series on Religion and Science: Epistemic Insight and Identity – March – May 2018

LASAR are hosting a joint Seminar Series with the NICER and INCISE Research Centres at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU); Please see full timetable below – this is a public seminar series that is open to ALL including Sixth Formers (16 and above).

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The lecture information is given below:

1. The Revd Dr Jeremy Law – Dean of the Chapel – CCCU – Introduce series Wed 21st March 2018
5pm – 6.30pm

Og32 – Lecture Theatre “Who are We? Human Evolution, Science and Faith”

The scientific method has proved itself to be an extraordinarily powerful tool in addressing certain questions. But it has integral limits and gaps which mean that its results inherently point beyond the framework of their construction. The latest scientific account of human origins will be examined as a test case. What does it mean, for example, that the emergence of symbolic thinking, essential to human rationality, is linked to the arrival of a clear religious sensibility?

2. Prof Andrew Peterson – Professor of Civic and Moral Education – CCCU – LASAR Wed 28th March 2018
5pm – 6.30pm

Og32 – Lecture Theatre “Epistemic Insight: The role of character”

In exploring what epistemic insight is and could be, I will examine certain intellectual virtues central to and for engaging in deliberation today. The focus of the seminar will be on what might be termed ‘other regarding’ intellectual virtues, namely open-mindedness, integrity and humility. It will be argued that these virtues are necessary for any meaningful engagements with big questions, particularly when such engagements occurs through deliberation with others. Central to the argument offered is the core idea that engaging with big questions does not simply require particular ways of thinking, but particular ways of being.

3. Prof Richard Norman – Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy – University of Kent – NICER Wed 18th April 2018
5pm – 6.30pm
Ng07 – Lecture Theatre

4. Lama Jampa Thaye (Dr David Stott) – INCISE Wed 25th April 2018
5pm – 6.30pm

Og32 – Lecture Theatre “A Space for Buddhism?”

Lama Jampa Thaye will outline the central themes of his recent book, Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism and Modern Times (Ganesha Press, 2017) In this he explores the space that exists for Buddhism in the contemporary world, a space that has opened up due to the failure of our dominant systems of thought. However, the book also discusses factors that could complicate the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

5. The Third Dupseng Rinpoche – INCISE Wed 2nd May 2018
5pm – 7.30pm

Og46 – Lecture Theatre “Tibetan Medicine: The Buddhist science of Healing (Sowa Rigpa)”

Venerable Dupseng Rinpoche is an eminent Tulku (reincarnated master) of Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism residing in Nepal. Rinpoche received both traditional and western education and holds an MA in Theology from Cambridge (2007). At present H.E. has the major responsibility as a retreat master at the retreat center Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling, and he is also responsible for directing Jangchub Choeling monastery in Pokhara and Drubgyu Choeling monastery in Lumbini, with 130 monks, as well as the nunnery Tharpa Choeling in Muktinath, with 48 nuns; and for the Kagyu Institute of Buddhist studies and Buddhist institute Vikramashila.

6. Prof Trevor Cooling – National Institute for Christian Research Education Research (NICER) – CCCU – NICER Wed 9th May 2018
5pm – 6.30pm

Og32 – Lecture Theatre “Epistemic Insight: reflections on a professional life in science and religious education”

In this seminar Trevor Cooling reflects on his changing epistemological understanding of the science and religion relationship from his early experience as a natural sciences undergraduate to his current work as a professor of Christian education. In particular he will address his experience of continuity of Christian faith in the midst of epistemological change.

7. Prof Berry Billingsley – Professor of Science Education, Project Lead of LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) – CCCU – LASAR Wed 16th May 2018
5pm – 6.30pm

Og32 – Lecture Theatre Title TBC

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