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Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ - Gods Mechanics: The Religious Life of Techies

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Uploaded on Nov 23, 2009

Another lecture in IHMC's award winning lecture series. http://www.ihmc.us

How does religion work in a society shaped by science and technology? How do scientists and engineers practice their religions? How in particular does a Jesuit brother, and an MIT graduate with a PhD in planetary science, make sense of his Catholicism? Gods Mechanics examines the personal religious life and theology of scientists and engineers — Techies — based on conversations with Techies in Californias Silicon Valley and a first-person confession from a Jesuit scientist and astronomer at the Vatican Observatory.

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ was born in Detroit, Michigan. He earned undergraduate and masters degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona, was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps, and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies, observing Kuiper Belt comets with the Vaticans 1.8 meter telescope in Arizona, and curating the Vatican meteorite collection.

Along with more than 100 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including his latest, Gods Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion.

Dr. Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; is the past president of the International Astronomical Union, Commission 16 (Planets and Satellites) and secretary of Division III (Planetary Systems Sciences); and presently serves as chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. This year he holds the Loyola Chair for visiting Jesuit scholars at Fordham University.

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