Metaphysics, Ontology and the Science-Religion Debate – Workshop Programme

7-9 May 2009

Thursday 7th May

15.00 – 17.00 Registration
17.00 – 18.00 The Popularisation of Science and Religion
Prof. Karl Giberson. Turning Science into a Religion: The Oracles of Science
18.15 – 19.15 Contributed Papers
Dr. James Le Fanu. Science in the media: keeping it (too) simple
Jaron Daniël Schoone. Science and Justice: The Dover case and its impact on science
19.30 Dinner

Friday 8th May

9.00 – 11.00 The split between Science and Ontology in the Scientific Revolution
Prof. William Carroll. Creation and Inertia: The Scientific Revolution and Discourse on Science-and-Religion
Prof. Steve Fuller. Modes of Enchantment and Disenchantment in Science: A 21st Century Perspective
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Contributed Papers
Prof. John Byl. The role of models and presuppositions in science and theology
Dr. Valeria Ascheri. Metaphysics as essential and natural bridge between science and religion
Dr. Robert A. Delfino. Scientific Naturalism and the Need for a Neutral Metaphysical Framework
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Is there room for Ontology in the Science-Religion debates?
Prof. Roger Trigg. Reality at Risk
Prof. Rafael Martinez. Ontological bridges and the Mind of the Universe
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 – 18.00 Contributed papers
Dr. Luis E. Echarte. The Mind of the Universe. Evolutionism, Cosmology and the End of Knowledge
Dr. Hector Velazquez. Did Mariano Artigas’s proposal answer the objections against teleology? A reply from The Mind of the Universe
19.30 Conference Dinner (optional)

Saturday 9th May


9.00 – 11.00 Ontological and Epistemological questions in the Natural Sciences
Prof. Martinez J. Hewlett: Is It Tomorrow or Just the End of Time?:  Paradigm Shifts in the Biological Sciences
Prof. Marie George. A Comparison of the Contemporary Biologist’s Understanding of Living Things with Aristotle’s Vision Thereof
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Contributed Papers
  Dr. Josep Corcó. Life in Popper’s cosmology
Ignacio Silva. Is God a theoretical term of quantum mechanics? Some Epistemological Issues concerning the Quantum Divine Action Project
Arne Vangheluwe. Metaphysics in science and the concept of “miracle”
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Ontological and Epistemological questions in the Natural Sciences
Prof. Jitse M. van der Meer. The Multi-Modal Hierarchy. Distinguishing Parts, Wholes, and Levels of Organization
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 – 18.00 Contributed Papers
  Prof. José Manuel Giménez-Amaya. Understanding free will: a philosophical and neuroscientific approach
  Prof. Patrick Duffley. Does the Rubber ever Really Hit the Road? What Human Language Shows about the Relation Between Mind and Reality
18.00 – 19.00 Round Table
19.30 Dinner