Professor Nuclear Science &
Monopolizing Knowledge: Scientism’s Inconsistent Rejection of Faith.
Wednesday, January 23, 4:00 pm, Woodward IRC, Room 5
Monopolising Knowledge UBC lecture by Ian Hutchinson
Room was packed; solid presentation and lively question period. Other places to hear ian this week: www.csca.ca/events/event/ian-hutchinson-monopolizing-knowledge/
|Extremely good presentation. Dr.Hutchinson was very clear and gracious in the question period as well. Larry Reimer|
Ian’s book Monopoloizing Knowledge is available in the Regent Bookstore at UBC
The lecture was very clear, encouraging and quite positive commented a number of faculty and graduate students. We will post a link soon where you can see and hear it.
The widespread question of scientism—the belief that science is all the real knowledge that exists—is responsible for much of the modern suspicion of science. It also underlies the feisty neo-atheist arguments against religion. MIT professor, Ian Hutchinson, shows how scientism is a weak understanding of knowledge and one of the primary causes of the current culture wars. As one holds scientism under critical scrutiny, it enables a principled intellectual reconciliation of science with religious faith, but also with other academic disciplines such as the humanities.
Dr. Ian Hutchinson holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the Australian National University. He is presently Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He and his research group are international leaders exploring the confinement of plasmas hotter than the sun’s center aimed at producing practical energy for society from controlled nuclear fusion reactions, the power source of the stars. He is an active Christian and has written and spoken widely to university audiences on the topic of science and Christian belief. His new book, Monopolizing Knowledge, exposes the presumptions of scientism, an ideology which often is confused with genuine scientific research.
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Further Graduate Student Dialogue http://ubcgcu.org
This event has been sponsored in part by the Canadian Science & Christian Affiliation and the Vancouver Area Science and Religion Forum
Talk by William Lane Craig called “Does a Fine-tuned Universe Point to a Cosmic Designer?” at UBC on March 6, 2013: http://youtu.be/LtupHkRKimc