The Nature of Faith – Rebecca Goldstein and Alan Lightman in Conversation with Marcelo Gleiser - 92Y, New York

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The Nature of Faith

Rebecca Goldstein and Alan Lightman in Conversation with Marcelo Gleiser

Even though we live in a world where science and technology dictate more and more how we live our lives, religious belief remains widespread in this and most countries.

Why do some many people believe? Is there a difference between faith and belief? Can science contribute to this conversation? Or are science and religion fundamentally incompatible, belonging to two non-overlapping magisteria, as the late Stephen Jay Gould liked to say? Is there room for spirituality in science? Join world-renowned physicist and writer Marcelo Gleiser and his two distinguished guests, MacArthur Fellow and National Humanities Medalist, philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein, and astrophysicist and acclaimed novelist Alan Lightman, for an evening where science, religion, the arts and philosophy will jointly address some of our deepest questions.

The Nature of Faith: a Workshop with Rebecca Goldstein, Alan Lightman, and Marcelo Gleiser

Thursday, Oct 12, 9:30 pm — Free with registration
Join host and mediator Marcelo Gleiser in a truly unique opportunity to spend two hours discussing the nature of faith and the relationship between science and religion with two of our most engaging intellectuals, National Humanities medalist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Goldstein and award-winning novelist and astrophysicist Alan Lightman. In this small group discussion, we will go deeper into some of the questions and arguments addressed during the Public Dialogue the previous evening, promoting a constructive exchange of ideas among those present. The workshop promises to be a stimulating and broad-ranging exploration of one of the key issues of our times.

The evening is co-presented with Dartmouth College Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement, through generous support from The Templeton Foundation.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher and novelist.

Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist and essayist. He was educated at Princeton University and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.