Science and religious belief are often seen as opposites. The first concerns itself with facts confirmed by experiments. The second concerns itself with an openness to things we cannot see or confirm. But today, scientists are aware of a growing overlap which is breaking down walls. Respected physicists now say that we should not disregard the idea that some sort of consciousness (alien intelligence, which some people might call God) has been involved at the time of the Big Bang, and perhaps afterwards.
Furthermore, the biggest theories of modern science, such as string theory, the multiverse, M-theory and so on, cannot be tested by experiments and must be taken purely on faith. Thirdly, there are intriguing parallels between the main elements of quantum physics (“conscious measurement creates reality”) and the ancient principles of spirituality (“the inner world takes precedence over the outer world”). It all adds up to an intriguing new way of seeing reality, for the religious and the non-religious alike.
The speaker, Nury Vittachi, is the author whose work is published in multiple languages by international publishers. Although he has written a range of books, from novels to non-fiction, in recent years, he has specialized in books of science and history for young readers. He has made regular appearances in many media, including the BBC, CNN, the South China Morning Post and many others. His columns appear weekly in newspapers in many countries. In his immediate circle of family and friends, he has atheists, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists. His message is that different belief groups, including atheists, share far more than they realize.
Date: 16 April 2016
Time: 7-9 pm
Venue: 909 CCWU Building, 302-308 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, HK
– 7.00 Welcoming
– 7.10 Remarks by PI Exc. Dir.
– 7.15 Talk by Speaker
– 7.45 Q & A
– 8.00 Refreshment Service
– 8.45 Gift Ceramony and Closing Remarks