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Uploaded on Jul 16, 2016
This is the first of three presentations that are part of the series “Exploring the Convergence of Science and Religion: Following in the Footsteps of Charlie Townes” In this series, Rev. Dr. Robert Russell explores the work of renowned physicist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Charles Townes on physics and faith. The presentations were given in 2016 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ, where Dr. Townes where was a member and Dr. Russell is currently a member.
In the first video, Russell focuses on a groundbreaking essay written by Townes called “The Convergence of Science and Religion,” published in MIT’s THINK magazine in 1966. He covers four points made in the article: * How faith is necessary in doing science; * That intuition “akin to revelation” is part of scientific research; * That scientific theories can be disproven but never conclusively proven; and * That they are intrinsically paradoxical.
The two remaining presentations are “Cosmology and Creation” and “Free Will and Quantum Physics.”