Bay Area Skeptics: Can Science Accommodate Religion, and [vice versa]?

The Bay Area Skeptics March SkepTalk presents...

Can Science Accommodate Religion, and Can Religion Accommodate Science? -- by Dr. John S. Wilkins

What is the relation of science, reason, and religion, and which camp has to give ground when they conflict, and why? Dr. Wilkins will consider recent claims that religion and science must always conflict, and the exclusionist perspective that means reasonable folk must abandon religion.

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Dr. John S. Wilkins is an historian and philosopher of science attached to the universities of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. He has been active in the creationism debate for over 25 years, and has published extensively on the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology

La Pena Cultural Center at Cafe' Valparaiso is a short 6-minute stroll from the Ashby BART station.

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  • K. R.

    I thought it was a very interesting event. Good presentation, something to think about.

    March 14, 2013

  • Alana S.

    Meant to go but fatigue took over...

    March 14, 2013

  • George

    Distractions arose and I forgot. Sorry I missed this event. was it good. .. interesting. .. informative? ????

    March 13, 2013

  • David D.

    Good subject, nicely presented.

    March 13, 2013

  • Trevor

    This will be my first event with this group. I'm very much looking forward to the discussion!

    March 8, 2013

  • Ming L.

    The conflict between science & religion will never ever be resolved! Very simply religion is a belief and pure science is evidenced based probability conclusions with zero beliefs. The massive confusion is that beliefs has infiltrated science making psuedo science common place such that the continuum varies from outright silliness to 90% fact based science. This is made exponentially worse with the advent of the internet making easy access to garbage science the inclusive default of every google search. The difficulty is how to pick good science from junk and this has nothing to do with the level of education achieved (even though it may help tremendously). It has to do with the ability to do raw reasoning vs learned reasoning. For example, if the smart memory mind has learned all the reasoning explanation to a phenomena, would that exact same person have been able to reason to that explanation from observation alone? Extremely few. And that is why we go to school to learn!

    March 7, 2013

  • Sheldon W. H.

    It sounds like you guys would have a lot to contribute to the discussion. Hope to see you there!

    March 6, 2013

  • Marc P.

    Science can accommodate only reality based religions. Science is about the exploration of reality as it really is. If science were to "choose to believe" something then it's not science anymore. Religion however could choose to believe in what is real and look at science as Religion 2.0. That's the way the Church of Reality sees it.

    March 6, 2013

  • David A.

    There has been conflict between the two at least since Copernicus in the early 1500s, but I am looking forward to its at last being resolved on Wednesday evening.

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