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Do You Think Science Refutes God?

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KUSP invites you to play a game with your fellow listeners. Intelligence Squared U.S. pits major thinkers against each other in debates. The auditorium audience picks the winner based on changes in their own response to the core question.

How can we play?

  • Step one – Decide what you think about the question, “Does science refute God?
  • Step two – Listen to the debate July 7th at 7 pm or listen online here.
  • Step three – Add your answers to our Facebook question here.

The July 7th 7pm broadcast of Intelligence Squared U.S. invites you to toy with a question that has been a wedge between religion and science for centuries and continues to divide people today. Host John Donvan says the debate is much more subtle than say the Stokes Monkey Trial, which hinged on literal interpretation of some details in the Old Testament. He notes: “Isaac Newton invented calculus, and he believed in God; Max Planck was the father of
quantum physics, also a believer; Copernicus, the solar system, he had the faith; and
Galileo and Francis Bacon and Pascal, they all believed.” But now most scientists don’t believe in God and cite science as a source of their disbelief.

The Panel

AGAINST THE MOTION: Ian Hutchinson
Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT

Ian Hutchinson is a physicist and Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his research group are international leaders exploring the generation and confinement (using magnetic fields) of plasmas hotter than the sun’s center. This research, carried out on a national experimental facility designed, built, and operated by Hutchinson’s team, is aimed at producing practical energy for society from controlled nuclear fusion reactions, the power source of the stars. In addition to authoring 200 research articles about plasma physics, Hutchinson has written and spoken widely on the relationship between science and Christianity. His recent book Monopolizing Knowledge(2011) explores how the error of scientism arose, how it undermines reason as well as religion, and how it feeds today’s culture wars and an excessive reliance on technology.

FOR THE MOTION: Lawrence Krauss
Director, Origins Project and Foundation Professor, ASU

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist. He is the Director of the Origins Project and Professor of Physics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Krauss has written several bestselling books including A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012). Passionate about educating the public about science to ensure sound public policy, Krauss has helped lead a national effort to defend the teaching of evolution in public schools. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

AGAINST THE MOTION: Dinesh D’Souza
Author, What’s So Great About Christianity

A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D’Souza, has had a distinguished 25-year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former Policy Analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, he quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. In 2008 D’Souza released the book, What’s So Great About Christianity, the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. D’Souza is also the former President of The King’s College in NYC.

FOR THE MOTION: Michael Shermer
Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and author

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher ofSkeptic magazine and Editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. Shermer’s latest book isThe Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths (2011). He was a college professor for 20 years, and since his creation of Skeptic magazine, has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report20/20, and Charlie Rose. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television seriesExploring the Unknown.

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