Melvin Konner, MD, PhD, and Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman will address the aims of religion and science, what these enterprises claim to know and how they claim to know it. Konner, an anthropologist, will explore the tenacity of religious conviction despite the advances of science and secularity. How has evolution shaped the human brain so that our minds remain prone to belief in things unseen? Rabbi Mitelman will examine the implications of modern science for contemporary Jewish faith. How can Jews today embrace the truths of science and the truths of Judaism with equal vigor? The meeting of these two mutually respectful minds will shed light on the border zone where religion and science meet.
This presentation is part of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Symposium 2, which addresses the topic: “These Truths We Hold: Judaism in an Age of Truthiness.” It is part of Theme V: Emet Umada—Truth & Science/Working Lunch, and will be moderated by Joshua Garroway.
This section will include an opportunity for Q&A with the presenters.