Varieties of Spiritual Transformation
Jul 19, 2005
The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) is holding a week-long conference on Star Island, located off the coast of Portsmouth NH, from July 30 – August 6, 2005. The conference, entitled “Varieties of Spiritual Transformation: Scientific and Religious Perspectives,” is co-chaired by neurobiologist Andy Newberg and religion scholar Karl Peters and is open to all interested persons.
50 Hotest Mutant Bachelors?
Jun 28, 2005
America's satire magazine, The Onion, dedicates its latest issue to a spoof on the Year 2056, with headlines featuring the 50 hotest mutant bachelors, Ramadan shopping season boosting the economy and a million robot march on Washington, D.C. Visit the Onion, and be amused at the wacky future of society and religion a half century out. [ Visit Website ]
Institute to Study Secularism
Jun 14, 2005
Trinity College is the recipient of a major grant to establish an Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at the College. The mission of the new Institute is to increase understanding of the sources, nature, and contemporary significance of secular values. [ Visit Website ]
World Conference on the Future of Science
June 7, 2005
The Umberto Veronesi Foundation is hosting the First World Conference on the Future of Science in Venice, Italy, September 21-23, 2005. Organizers will examine the social, economic and cultural consequences of the continuing technological revolution, and unrelenting scientific advance. The first day will be focused on the future of science and religion. Over 50 internationally renown scientists, ethicists, religionists and politicans will be speaking. [ Visit Website ]
'New Reformation' Issues Challenge to Pope
Jun 8, 2005
Theologian Matthew Fox dramatizes his call for a "New Reformation" at the famous Wittenberg Cathedral, and in challenges the Pope, the Church and the World to rethink Christianity in a new book. Fox, a former Dominican priest and author of 26 popular religious and theological textbooks, is the founder of Wisdom University in Oakland, CA.
Immortality is within our grasp
By 2050, human consciousness will be stored on supercomputers, promising immortality for all - though it will help to be rich, so when you die, it will not be a career problem. So claims Ian Pearson, head of the futurology unit at BT, in a recent London Observer interview. [ Visit Website ]
Religion without Theism or Atheism?
Apr 1, 2005
Can religion survive without foundations, objective truth, reductionism or God? Two of the world's leading philosophers-Gianni Vattimo and Richard Rorty, consider how an Age of Interpretation might supercede an Age of Reason, that once superceded an Age of Faith. The Future of Religion analyzes the political, social, and historical aspects that characterize our contemporary postmodern, postmetaphysical, and post-Christian world. [ Visit Website ]
Didn't See That Coming, Did You?
Mar 7, 2005
The Financial Times in London offers a look at the origins of 'futurology' and the later fall of technological optimism. It ends by discussing the Labour Party's vision of "Things Can Only Get Better" to recently settling for “not to build heaven on earth, but to prevent hell.” Catch this easy-reading article on images of the future.
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The Journey to Wild Divine
Jan 31, 2005
Welcome to the Brave New World of neurofeedback, where computer games and
desktop technology are intersecting with ancient mind-body techniques. Common Ground reviews Wild Divine, a computer game that combines high tech spiritual guides with
high touch bio-feedback technology to cyber-assist meditation. [ Visit Website ]
Futurist W. Warren Wagar Dies
Dec. 1, 2004
Historian and futures scholar W. Warren Wagar died November 16, 2004, at the age of 72. A specialist in alternative world futures and an expert in the work of pioneering science fiction writer H.G. Wells, Wagar served as history professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, for 31 years.