Are We Alone? Reason, Religion, and the Search for Life in the Universe
Hosted By: Valley Beit Midrash
The religions of the world – including Jewish tradition – give humanity a central role. The clash between science and religion is fundamentally a consequence of science demoting humanity from this pedestal. Astronomy, which has been central to the growth of science in the West, has taught us that we are not at the center of anything, at least in terms of physics and chemistry.
We have learned that we are in a corner of the universe that is typical, not exceptional. But is the same true of biology? That is what we are going to find out as we search for life on other worlds. In this session, we will review the state of the search and its future prospects, and explore how the tension between science and religion may respond to what we discover.
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