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.

The Science of Jewish Identity

ELI talksTomorrow afternoon, Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, founder and director of Sinai and Synapses, will be a guest of ELI on Air. He’ll be discussing how our identities are formed, and what the science of self means for Jewish identity.

To join the conversation, click over to YouTube tomorrow at 1 p.m. You can also share your questions on Facebook in advance, or through YouTube or Twitter (using #elitalks) during the event.

Who Will Win This Year’s Templeton Prize?

Templeton PrizeThe winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize will be announced on March 13 at a news conference at the British Academy in London at 6:30 a.m. EDT. The prize, valued at about 1.8 million dollars, “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.”

You can watch the winner announced via a live webcast.

Faith Interviews

Rebecca Catto, a research associate at the Religion and Society Programme and the principal investigator for The Young Atheists research project, let us know that she is organizing a series of free events in Central London in which public figures reflect upon faith and its place in science, politics, and popular culture.

Tomorrow, at the first event in the series, British biologist and humanist Sir John Sulston will be interviewed by Andrew Brown of The Guardian on the topic “Can the World Afford Religion?”

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