Conference

and the Secret of Man -

1 December 2013
13.00 – 17.45
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

The Triumph of Science

When science will have answered all questions on man, will we then know the secret of man? In 1959, British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow pointed to the growing gap between the ‘two cultures’, between the truth claims of hard science on the one hand and the ‘lived’ truth of the humanities on the other.

How is the situation today? What is happening to our ideal of knowledge, to our values, truths, morals, our thinking and acting under the influence of science? What does our modern longing for truth look like? Do the romantics of our day and age gather in bars and cafés, or behind the control panels at CERN in Geneva? Why do the humanities seem useful only when they can prove their economic use? Will science have the final word on the meaning of life and the destiny of man?

In two panels, preceded by a keynote speech, ten scientists, philosophers and writers discuss the big questions concerning science.

Brochure

Published in

Journal Nexus
2014

Nexus 66

De triomf van de wetenschap

De triomf van de wetenschap

Dutch publication with essays from the speakers at the Nexus Conference 2013, such as a.o. physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, neuroscientists Patricia Churchland and Antonio Damasio and astrophysicist Martin Rees.

Speakers

Portugal, 1944

Antonio Damasio

neuroscientist

France, 1936

Jean-Pierre Changeux

neurobiologist

Canada, 1943

Patricia Churchland

philosopher
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The Netherlands, 1960

Robbert Dijkgraaf

physicist and Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Rhodesia, 1949

A.C. Grayling

philosopher and founder of the New College of the Humanities
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United States, 1941

Allan Janik

at home in Wittgenstein’s Vienna

India, 1970

Siddhartha Mukherjee

oncologist

Germany, 1954

Julian Nida-Rümelin

philosopher

United Kingdom, 1942

Martin Rees

astrophysicist

United States, 1943

Marilynne Robinson

writer

Australia, 1963

Julian Savulescu

bio-ethicist

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