The Roundtable Archives
April 16, 2019
Lessons from Water Diplomacy in Resolving Complex Problems in Science and Religion through Principled PragmatismShafik Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
March 08, 2016
Is reality elusive, immersed in mystery, and unknowable?Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth College, Physics and Astronomy Ian Hutchinson, MIT, Nuclear Science and Engineering
September 30, 2015
The Mystery of Cosmological Constants: Evidence for the Existence of God?Walter Bradley: Baylor University Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, (retired); Texas A&M Dept. Head of the largest Mechanical Engineering Department in the United States. Professor Bradley has received more than $7 million in research funding and has published more than 150 refereed technical papers and book chapters. He was honored by the American Society for Materials as an elected Fellow in 1993, and the Society of Plastics Engineers honored Professor Bradley with a career-contributions award as the Educator of the Year for the US, Canada, and England in 2011. Randy Isaac: Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in the sciences; Vice President (retired), Science and Technology, for the IBM Research Division where he had worldwide responsibility for semiconductor, packaging, and communications technologies. Dr. Isaac's Doctorate is in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined IBM in 1977 at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown as a Research Staff Member in silicon technology. Dr. Isaac is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the AAAS, and a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation.
May 14, 2015
Science and the Modern World: how should one describe the place and authority of science?Steven Shapin is Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science. Steve is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and with Simon Schaffer, he was the 2005 winner of the Erasmus Prize, conferred by HRH the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands, for contributions to European culture, society, or social science. In 2014, he received the Sarton Medal, the highest honor of the History of Science Society, in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly achievement. His latest book: Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Since 2010, Walter Kim is Associate Minister at historic Park Street Church in Boston, and has also served as a chaplain at Yale University. Walter received his Ph.D. with distinction from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and maintains research interests in areas of linguistics and in the intersection of biblical theology and culture. Park Street Church is an international congregation, with members from more than 60 countries. Its faith community includes many students and faculty from Boston-area universities. Boston Mayor Menino announced February 27, 2009 as Park Street Day in honor of its bicentennial and contributions to the city.
February 26, 2015
Moral Progress: Does it Exist? If so, What Causes It?Harvard Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker
November 19, 2014
The Human Soul – Can it Survive in an Age of Neuroscience?Ken Miller Brown University, Biology Stan Goldin Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience
April 23, 2014
The Science & Religion of Origins, Theism, and Atheism The Secrets of The Roundtable: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about The Roundtables but Were Afraid to Ask, with Co-Chair David Thom, Chaplain, MITCambridge Roundtable on Science & Religion Coordinator David Thom address three topics: The John Templeton Foundation: We won a grant! Now what? The Science & Religion of Origins, Theism, and Atheism The Secrets of The Roundtable: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about The Roundtables but Were Afraid to Ask! Before dinner, Dave will explore the might and myth and mire of Templeton funding that begins in the fall.
April 03, 2014
Science & Scientism, part three: Arête and The Normative Explosion (And Why We Only Needed One)Professor of Philosophy, novelist, and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away (Pantheon, March 2014)
November 06, 2013
Science & Scientism, part two: The Affairs of Louis Agassiz: Race, Religion, and Charles DarwinNew York Times Bestselling Author and 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction winner Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Technologists, and Editor’s Choice of The New York Times Book Review in February, Christoph Irmscher, University of Indiana-Bloomington, Professor of English and author of Louis Agassiz, Inventor of American Science.
April 29, 2013
Science & Scientism, part one: The Monopolizing of Knowledge?MIT Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Edward J. Hall, Harvard University Professor of Philosophy presenting on the topic of Science and Scientism, part one. Professor Hutchinson is the author of Monopolizing Knowledge: a scientist refutes religion-denying, reason-destroying scientism (2011). Professor Hall is the author of The Philosophy of Science: Metaphysical and Epistemological Foundations (Publication Date: July 30, 2013).
October 30, 2012
American Politics & Religion: Untangling the Web We WeaveKennedy School Professor of Public Policy Robert D. Putnam