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Voltaire Lecture - Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam

The attitudes towards science in the Islamic world.


We often hear these days about the tensions between science and rationalism on the one hand and devout religious beliefs on the other, whether it’s concerns over teaching of evolution in faith schools or the funding of stem cell research, or simply the attitudes of some towards science in general, either when seeing it as a threat or, at best, as no more than a driver of technology and economic power, a view often found in many countries in the developing world.

This lecture will focus on attitudes towards science in the Islamic world and will serve as a reminder of a period a millennium ago, during the Golden Age of Arabic Science, when scholars and thinkers were allowed the freedom to question and study the world around them within a spirit of free, rational enquiry that is often sadly lacking today. What lessons can we learn from the past if we are to move away from muddled thinking, superstition and ignorance?


Speaker(s):

Professor Jim Al-Khalili | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

14 April 2014 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL

http://www.conwayhall.org.uk
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Organised by:

British Humanist Association
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Tickets:

General £15.00 Member/student/unwaged £10.00

Available from:

https://humanism.org.uk/events/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=48&reset=1

Additional Information:

Further details about the event can be found at-
https://humanism.org.uk/events/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=48

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