Posted by: gcarkner | January 23, 2013

Ian Hutchinson Speaks @ UBC

Professor of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monopolizing Knowledge: Scientism’s Inconsistent Rejection of Faith.

Wednesday, January 23, 4:00 pm, Woodward IRC, Room 5

Room was packed; very solid presentation and lively question period.

If you missed the lecture, you can get a sample at MIT from YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrqY2aG4GE4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrqY2aG4GE4

Other Venues to hear Ian this week:  www.csca.ca/events/event/ian-hutchinson-monopolizing-knowledge/

Ian’s book Monopolizing Knowledge available at the Regent College Bookstore

The lecture was very clear, encouraging and positive commented many faculty & graduate students. We will post a link soon where you can see and hear it.

Abstract

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.

Biography  http://www.psfc.mit.edu/people/hutch/

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.

Further GFCF Lecture Notices: http://ubcgfcf.com

Further Graduate Student Dialogue http://ubcgcu.org

This event has been in part sponsored by the CSCA (Canadian Science & Christian Affiliation http://www.csca.ca) and the Vancouver Area Science & Religion Forum

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