Can Science and Spirituality Co-exist?

Forming beliefs is one of the most basic and important features of the mind, but when it comes to religion and spirituality, how do we square that against hard science? The scientific method seems to have no place for untestable spiritual or religious beliefs. Yet lots of leading scientists have them. How do they reconcile this apparent contradiction? How does one maintain such beliefs while doing solid science? Is the spiritual realm merely that which science cannot yet explain, or is it ineffable in principle? And how should scientists of a purely materialist bent relate to their spiritually-minded colleagues? On this panel, a religious scientist, a non-spiritual journalist, and a secular spiritualist with a science background will explore the place where the realms combine. (Book signing with Nick Seneca Jankel to follow.)

Festival: 2015

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