Monday, April 26, 2010

Can science disprove God?

Here is the current version of the slides that go with the talk I will give tomorrow night at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.


  1. Dear Ross,

    I am a student of IISc Bangalore and will be attending your talk scheduled this Monday evening.

    I would be glad if you defined the following before the talk, that would make the talk self-contained.

    I ran through your powerpoint slides and found it very difficult to understand what you were trying to convey :-)

    I believe it will be clear to me once I attend your talk this Monday. I would be very glad if you consider defining the
    following in the first few minutes of your talk.

    1) God

    2) Philosophy

    3) Science

    4) Religion

    5) Christianity

    I'm sure I won't be able to ask you my questions given that there are going to be hundreds of people in the auditorium.

    Would be glad if you can answer them at the end of your talk. These, I think are the FAQs and your answering them will shed great light on agnostics like me and a big bunch of my friends who will be attending your talk.

    1) What is the meaning and purpose of life?

    2) By Christianity being right do you mean that Hinduism isn't? there are several places where these two religions contradict each other
    (Leave alone the quran).

    3) You say "Science is not philosophy. It can say little about meaning and purpose."

    you say "Science cannot explain why it works?"

    you also add "Science cannot explain the purpose or meaning of things"

    and finally "Science cannot tell us what is ethical, of value, or just."

    Isn't this such a cop-out statement to make? can we instead say that "science has not yet explained the purpose or meaning of things and what are ethics, values or just."

    You also term it a misconception that "Evolutionary science and the Bible contradict each other".

    You must really tell us why :-)

    I would want to ask you a question or two after your talk... Either at the end of the talk (if there are Q&A session) or offline if you are free.

    Sudarshan Iyengar
    PhD student
    Indian Institute of Science

  2. Hi,

    It was a nice evening's lecture. Thank you for your time.