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Ever wondered what life would be like on other planets? Or how or current society has been influenced by choices made by people like you and me? Come along and find out about religion, science and future societies from our researchers in York.
Exploring science and religion in childhood
As numbers of the avowedly nonreligious continue to rise in Western Europe and North America, this talk explores the interrelation between religion and science in childhood. Drawing on data investigating what it means to grow up nonreligious in contemporary Britain, this talk will focus on children’s perspectives of evolutionary science and religion. It will explore the ways in which children negotiate, construct, and reconstruct forms of religion and secularity in relation to science, and how this is shaped by the actions of adults in relation to them across spaces of both school and home.
Science, Alternative History, and the Future!
How would you like to be the physicist in charge of building Britain's first atomic bomb? Or a town councilor deciding whether to light your local streets with electricity or gas? And what impact would your decisions make on the future that Britain might have had? The history of the 20th century is underpinned by revolutions in science, technology and medicine. This talk will look at how scientific and technological information is put to work by people, how they use it to create different kinds of futures, and how those futures then frame our present-day lives.
Imagining Societies on Other Planets
Since at least the 17th century, western thinkers have dreamt of visiting and even living on other planets. In this talk, I look at some of today's leaders in the endeavour to make humanity a 'multiplanetary species', which include Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Should we be excited by their optimistic view of what the future holds or, given the significant global challenges we face on this planet, do their efforts amount to little more than a dangerous distraction or at worst escapism? Join the debate.