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Re-Assembling Reality

We teach a course at HKU on science and religion, which unpacks how science and religion relate to each other. We unpick many of the assumptions about science and about religion which typically crop up, and argue that there is a better way to approach the topic. We look at such questions as What is science? What is religion? What is true? What is real? What is knowledge? What are persons? What is life? and How then shall we live? Here we provide the course material in blog form and (for HKU members) as video lectures.
 

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Mike Brownnutt has background in experimental physics, having spent many years developing scalable architectures for quantum computers. He also has a degree in theology, in which he looked at how faith is understood in the context of science and of Christian religion. Since 2015 he has worked at the University of Hong Kong, where he is Associate Director of the Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum.
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David Palmer’s interdisciplinary research sits at the intersection of sociology and anthropology, and is informed by scholarly traditions in history, religious studies and Sinology. He leads the Asian Religious Connections research cluster at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Reassembling reality: 

A new frame for science, religion, and society 

Where’s the boundary between science and religion?
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Where’s the boundary between science and religion?

It's not where you think..

Two lists
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Two lists

The frame that shapes (and corrupts) our thinking.

Acupuncture: Science? Religion? Both? Neither?
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Acupuncture: Science? Religion? Both? Neither?

Questioning everything we thought we knew about both science and religion.

Packing and Unpacking Religion
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Packing and Unpacking Religion

Why we can’t agree on whether Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism are religions.

Is there even such a thing as religion?
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Is there even such a thing as religion?

It’s not about belief, it’s about relationships.

The Enlightenment Vision of science
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The Enlightenment Vision of science

This is what is at stake.

Science and method
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Science and method

What would happen if scientists followed the scientific method?

Can science be objective?
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Can science be objective?

(Spoilers: No, it cannot.)

Science: universal or useful?
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Science: universal or useful?

It can't be both.

True for you but not for me? That’s just your opinion!
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True for you but not for me? That’s just your opinion!

Thinking about claims that are not universal or not objective.

Contesting truth
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Contesting truth

Why can't we all agree about science?

Epistemic communities
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Epistemic communities

Where collective knowledge is generated

Truth you can see, and truth you cannot
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Truth you can see, and truth you cannot

Understanding science's relation to the unseen.

Truth: more than facts
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Truth: more than facts

More things need to be true than we usually realise.