Abraham’s Dice Conference

A note from Karl Giberson, Scholar-in-Residence in Science and Religion at Stonehill College and the organizer of the conference exploring chance and providence in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam:

Readers of Science & Religion Today may be interested in the upcoming science & religion conference at Stonehill College in Easton (Nov 16-20). The presentations are all free and open to the public, but optional conference registration includes airport pick-up, meals, shuttles to hotels, and other things. Interested parties are more than welcome to just drop by. If you would like to have meals with us, these can be arranged for a modest fee (just our cost of adding one more person), but we need to know in advance. (Email me at kgiberson@stonehill.edu)

The conference starts with a social time, dinner, and plenary talk by John Barrow on Sunday, Nov. 16. The complete program can be found here. A press release advertising the conference can be found here.

The Sunday night talk by Barrow is titled “Is the World Simple or Complicated? Chance, Uncertainty, and Unknowability in Modern Cosmology,” and raises provocative questions about how our situation in the universe—life on a stable, habitable planet around the right kind of star—is the result of both interacting physical laws and billions of years of happenstance. Barrow is a major British intellectual, chaired professor at Cambridge, and author of many provocative books and over 500 papers in cosmology. Sunday will also be our most extensive dinner on campus.

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