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May 7 Lecture Michael Ruse
Michael Ruse Lecture Caps
Year Of Science and Religion
A well-known philosophy scholar who is the author of Can Darwinians also be Christians, will speak on May 7 to cap The Year of Science and Religion.
Michael Ruse is a Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University, Tallahassee. He will speak on The Evolution-Creation Struggle: An American Story at 7 pm in the PAC.
A Statement From John Baker & Janice Daurio, Co-Conveners, The Year of Science & Religion "We have been using the models that Ian Barbour developed in his book When Science Meets Religion to provide a framework for our ‘Year of' dialogue. Our guest lectures to date have been: David Marcey, Biologist, CLU. His lecture emphasized Barbour's "conflict" model, which asserts that science and religion represent two conflicting ways of looking at the world. Marcey argued that science has been "eating away" at the statements made by religion.
William Stoeger, a Jesuit and astrophysicist, spoke in detail about the microwave background evidence for the physics of the big bang, while arguing that a view of a creative universe is at least compatible with and probably more supportive of a theist view than otherwise.
Michael Shermer, founder and president of the Skeptics Society, presented evidence to support the idea that we essentially see what we have been programmed to see (for example, that the alien visitations people report today are the modern equivalents of the incubi and succubi visitations of the Middle Ages.)
We are familiar with arguments in the creationism/evolution debate as detailed by Michael Ruse and expect that he will represent the "dialogue" model and tie up some of the historical and social threads involved in the long tension between science and religion."
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