2012 Special Homecoming Talk - Marlan O. Scully, Ph.D., The Convergence of Science and Religion

DateNovember 2, 2012
Time3:00 - 4:00 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room D.109

Marlan O. Scully, Ph.D.

Baylor, Texas A&M, & Princeton Universities

The Convergence of Science and Religion

The notion that science itself is based on faith is an intriguing observation. Indeed,
without faith in the existence in an orderly Universe and ultimate truth we would not
even attempt science. Furthermore, subjectivity, our state of knowledge, plays a key role
in modern science. In the 19th century, subjectivity in the form of “entropy” entered
science for the first time. In the 20th century, we learned that the quantum “state” of a
system represents our state of knowledge concerning that system. This is the second time
that subjectivity entered science. On the other hand, physics gives us insights into the
spirit. Famous Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Pauli says it well:

“There will always be two attitudes [spiritual vs. material] dwelling in the
soul of man, and the one will carry the other already within it, as the seed
of its opposite. . . In allowing the tension of the opposites to persist, we
must also recognize that in every endeavor to know or solve we depend
upon factors which are outside our control, and which religious language
has always entitled ‘grace’.”

Homecoming Reception

Friday, November 2, 2012

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Room E.301 (Clock Tower Room)

Baylor Sciences Building

For More information contact: 254-710-2511

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