Bristol CiS is a local group aimed at people in and around the Bristol area who are interested in discussing the relationship between science and faith. Please email Christina Biggs on email@example.com for more information.
No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £4, to cover costs.
Discussion groups – first Friday of every month.
The monthly meetings will alternate at two homes and discuss the recent talks and other subjects. For location and other details please email Christina Biggs on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 27 January
“The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions”
The speaker is Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford, on his latest book written with artist Roger Wagner: “The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions”. Copies of the book (5 stars on Amazon!) will be available to buy (cash only) discounted from £25 to £20.
Professor Briggs writes: When young children first begin to ask ‘why?’ they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.
As usual the entrance is free, with a donations basket (suggest £4 to cover costs), and tea and homemade cake are provided free of charge.
We will be again trialling a discussion time afterwards, at the STEAM pub on Clifton Down station.
7pm for 7.30pm, Tyndale Baptist Church, BS8 2QG.
For those of you who could not attend, there is audio and video of previous talks except the first available, kindly put together by Dr Roger Tucker on his website www.outsideecho.com: follow the link to CiS Bristol.
Nov 2016 – Prof Keith Ward – “Why Stephen Hawking is nearer to God than he thinks”
Sept 2016 – Dr Ian Holyer – “Computers and Life”
June-2016 – Dr Lisa Goddard – “The cognitive science of religion – are we born to believe?”
Mar-2016 – Prof Glynn Harrison – “Ego Trip: does the self esteem movement promote, or impede, human flourishing?”
Jan-2016 – Prof Alasdair Coles – “What can neuroscience tell us about faith?”
Nov-15-Alistair McGrath on “Science, Faith, and God: Richard Dawkins vs C S Lewis on the Meaning of Life”
Jun-15-Ernest Lucas on Theology of Origins
Mar-15-Rt Rev Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, on the biology of embryos (origin of human life)
Jan-2015-Chris Southgate on Origin of Life
Nov-14-Peter Bussey on Big Bang
Jun-14- Dr Stuart Judge: What can neuroscience tell us about free will?
Mar-2014- Dr Eric Alborne: Science Education: a most Christian calling.
Oct-13- Professor Andrew Sims: Is Faith Delusion? Why Religion is good for your Health (attendance 91)
Jun-13- Prof John Wyatt, Beginning Life in a Brave New World
Feb-2013- Rev Dr Justin Tomkins, Better People or Enhanced Humans?
Oct-12- Dr Kate Distin, Is religion a virus of the mind? A response to the New Atheists
May-12- Dr John Bimson, Trinity College Bristol: “Thinking Through the Fall”
Mar-12- Dr Denis Alexander, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Human Evolution, Adam and Eve Genetics and the Bible”
Feb-2012- Prof Bob Whilte FRS, University of Cambridge: “Natural Disasters: Acts of God? A Christian geophysicist’s perspective”
Oct-11-Dr Rhoda Hawkins, University of Sheffield: “Necessary evils? From forest fires to disease”
May-11-Dr Rodney Holder, Faraday Institute: “God and the Multiverse – A Response to Stephen Hawking”
Feb-11-Dr Ard Louis, Department of Physics, University of Oxford: “Self-assembly and evolution: models, metaphors and meaning”
Nov-10- Professor John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, Exeter University: “Synthia – synthetic life or cells and spin?”
Oct-10-Professor Ross McKenzie, Department of Physics, University of Queensland, Australia: “Emergence”
Jun-10- Dr Jonathan Doye, Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford and Fellow of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Chance, Providence and Free Will”
Mar-10-Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Vice-President, Bristol Baptist College: “Are Evolution and Genesis 1-3 compatible?”
Nov-09- Professor Andrew Halestrap, Professor of Biochemistry at Bristol University: “Science, Suffering and the Love of God”