What is science? What makes it tick? How does it work? Why does it seem to be so effective at understanding the workings of the natural world?
In this talk, Associate Professor Ofer Gal, from the University of Sydney, will talk about science and scientific empiricism. He'll look at how it originated, how our concepts of science, empiricism and observation have changed over the years, and what they mean today.
Then it's up to us to bounce around our own perspectives on science in the following discussion!
The next Socrates Café Newtown, held on 19 September from 6.30pm at Berkelouw Books at 6-8 O’Connell Street Newtown, Sydney.
The meeting will kick off with a 30 minute talk by Ofer (including a Socrates Café first - a projector screen!). Following a few minutes for questions, we'll move into the open discussion. At that point, we'll break off into groups, and discuss the topic at our leisure.
During this time, Ofer will join each discussion group for a brief period, giving everyone a chance to bounce ideas around with him. After about 45 minutes, we'll reconvene and share the issues discussed in each group.
Socrates Café has a $5 door charge, which includes a tea or coffee from the café.
Note: there is no RSVP limit on this event. Seats in the café are limited (around 70 all up) so arrive early to secure your spot! If you arrive late, it may be standing room only!
Hope to see you there!