Watching the Heavens: Astronomy and the Meaning of Life
Nov 21, 2017
What did the sky-watchers of the ancient world think about the night sky, and its implications for human existence? Moving on to the great discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo, we will consider the basic science and ask about the deeper significance of these discoveries - for God, and the meaning of life.
Looking at important recent scholarly interpretations, we will discuss the religious issues at stake. What does this tell us about human beings? Or about the authority of science?
This lecture is part of the Being Human Festival 2017 which runs from 17th - 25th November.
More information on the festival can be found here: Being Human Festival 2017
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/watching-the-heavens-astronomy-and-the-meaning-of-life
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