Next in GFCF Series
Audio File of Robert Mann’s talk on the Multiverse
Professor Robert Mann, Professor of Physics and Applied Mathematics,
University of Waterloo
The Multiverse, Science and Theology: A Critical Inquiry
January 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm,
Math Room 100
(Just behind Koerner’s Library)
Thanks to all who participated in this stimulating and thought provoking lecture. We will edit it and post it later this term. ~Gordon for the GFCF Committee
Professor Mann explains multiverse theory and what implications the acceptance of multiverse theory may have for science and theology. If the multiverse is rejected as an explanation for the particularity of our universe, scientists and theologians are left to address why our particular universe exists rather than every universe.
Robert B. Mann (PhD University of Toronto) is Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo; he has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is an Affiliate Member of the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing. Author of over 350 papers, he has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Teaching Excellence awards from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and from the University of Waterloo, and a Presidential Award of merit from the University of Waterloo. He was chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2008 and is a past President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (2009-2011) and the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (1996-2007). He has served on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.
His research interests are in black holes, cosmology, particle physics, quantum foundations, and quantum information, as well as the science/religion dialogue. His Waterloo research group looks at these questions:
- How would relativity influence how a quantum computer worked?
- Could we use a quantum probe to peek inside a black hole?
- Is it possible that the Big Bang could be replaced with a black hole at the beginning of time?
Part of a TWU, SFU, UBC Tour co-sponsored with CSCA, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation https://www.csca.ca/vancouver/
Next in The Forum Series
The Tao of Right and Wrong: Rediscovering Humanity’s Moral Foundations
Professor Emeritus English UBC
Wednesday, March 13 at 4 pm, Math 100
Written in the tradition of The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis’s classic work on moral philosophy celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2018, The Tao of Right and Wrong addresses questions such as what is just? What is right? What is wrong? What purposes, and what virtues, are worth pursuing? And most importantly, how can we weigh answers to these questions without lapsing into, “That’s only your opinion”?
In The Tao of Right and Wrong, Dennis Danielson offers a vigorous primer on moral realism, asserting that humans can and should exercise ethical judgments—and that these judgments are not reducible to subjective opinion, animal instinct, or cultural “construction.” The book is a twenty-first century call for the virtuous cultivation of “humans with hearts,” for a rejection of moral nihilism, and for a life-affirming embrace of moral realism founded in the Tao—the transcultural fund of ultimate postulates that form the very ground of moral judgment, codes of ethics, and standards of right and wrong.
Dennis Danielson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia and an intellectual historian who has written about literature, religion, and the history of science. He is a past recipient of his university’s Killam Prize for research in the humanities, and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award.