What happens when scientific findings potentially lead us down ethically troubling roads? What’s the difference between science as a way to understand the world, and science as a tool for people to use, both for good and for ill? What happens as science and technology outpace our ethical frameworks — and is there a role for religion or theology in that conversation? If so, what is it?
Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at the Warburg Lounge at the 92nd St. Y for a conversation with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ph.D. and Adam Pryor, Ph.D. to explore these interactions. Come early for an opening cocktail hour to learn about some of the work of our Sinai and Synapses Fellows — a select group of clergy, scientists, doctoral students and writers who exploring some of the biggest and most important questions surrounding religion and science.
This event is FREE and open to the public; RSVPs requested.
6:15 pm Hors d’ouevres and poster session highlighting the work of our Sinai and Synapses Fellows
7:30 pm Presentation by Dr. Goldstein and response by Dr. Pryor, followed by Q&A
Presenter Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, PhD. is a philosopher and an occasional novelist, currently a visiting professor of philosophy at New College of the Humanities in London. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in philosophy of science. She then returned to Barnard as a professor of philosophy. She is the author of ten books: Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel was chosen by Science Magazine as among the best five science books of 2005, and Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity received the 2006 Koret International Award for Jewish Scholarship. Her latest book, Plato at The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Dr. Goldstein is a MacArthur Fellow and has received the 2015 National Humanities Medal, among numerous other honors.
Respondent Adam Pryor, Ph.D. is a current Sinai and Synapses Fellow. He is Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of Core Education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Having taken his Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union, Dr. Pryor’s primary research concerns issues related to emergence theory, the origins of life, and reconceptualizations of embodiment. His current research, which he began as a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry’s recent research program on the societal implications of astrobiology, considers how astrobiology effects understandings of God. He is concerned with how scientific concepts and problems can serve as a table around which interfaith dialogue can take places, since scientific research pushes us to ask personal, existential questions of deep religious significance, whether this is intended or not.
Presented in partnership among Sinai and Synapses, Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and The Disruptor Foundation.