Science Debate

  • Event Start: 18th October 2018, 8:30pm
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This House Believes That Science Alone Can Never Answer Our Biggest Questions

The ninetheenth century saw Enlightenment philosophers predict a final stage in human progress in which science would succeed religious superstition as the balm to our metaphysical concerns.  Today, although technology and the scientific pursuit of truth dominate every aspect of our lives, few feel we are close to achieving such an eventuality.  Why is this?  Do religion and philosophy occupy a space that science cannot touch, or will scientific progress one day be able to answer the deepest questions of humanity?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Dr Denis Alexander  :  Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, a molecular biologist, and an evangelical Christian
  • Prof Richard Swinburne  :  Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, who has written and argued for the existence of God for over 50 years

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu  :  Prize-winning professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, the named inventor on 11 patents, and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics Ltd
  • Prof Peter Atkins  :  Former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford; a notable atheist, having been described as 'more hardline than Richard Dawkins'
  • Prof Frank Tipler  :  Professor of Mathematics & Physics at Tulane University who has written extensively on the relationship between physics and anthropology

Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided at this week's Consultative Committee