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How Matter Came to Life: a modern day creation story

John Rawles attempts a materialist account of the human predicament.

Every age has need of a creation story consonant with contemporary knowledge and world view. Although the 2500 year old biblical account of creation is thoroughly anachronistic, aspects of the modern Big Bang creation story, and the subsequent appearance on earth of life and consciousness, are also problematic for non-believers. It is the speaker’s view that these difficulties may be resolved by recognising that explanation is metaphor, and metaphor is not reality. Also, that creativity and unpredictability are inherent properties of matter.

John Rawles trained as a doctor at UCH and practised as a consultant physician until 1989. February this year saw the publication of his book The Matter with Us: A materialistic account of the human predicament and is an extension of his work as a doctor, diagnosing the ills, not of individuals, but of humankind and contemporary society.


John Rawles | talks


Date and Time:

27 November 2011 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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