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Can Science and Technology be Re-positioned?
by Rev. Dr. Richard Kirby, Sep 4, 1998
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How can the highest scientific acumen work hand-in-hand with the highest ethical standards in the new century to help define public policies and programs for scientific research, education and funding, in business, government and society? Swiss research assistant Ivo Graff and Dr. Richard Kirby are seeking answers to this question from various institutions this year, ranging from UNESCO to various science foundations.

In reference to the new dialogue, Kirby said, "We can create the rudiments of a curriculum, a staffing policy, a set of mission vectors for the moral-repositioning of the worlds of science and technology." What might be the result of this intersection of religion, science and technology? Kirby points to "a sci-tech world which serves, rather than runs from God; a world with wiser scientists and technologists," with 'signs' of new laboratories and new products for the healing of the nations. He welcomes invitations from institutions to hold colloquiums on "Science, Technology and Religion." Here is a prospectus syllabus used with an institution of higher education that was church related.

Christ in the Worlds of Science And Technology:
Building a Sane Scientific Civilization for the 21st Century's Technological and Social Innovations

Our goal: Creating vectors of mission for strategic intervention by all churches in all sciences [including mathematics] and technologies, for the development of practical 21st century policies and programs for scientific research, education and funding, in business, government and society in the next 25 years.

DAY 1 [SUNDAY]

MORNING - Worship 11am
God the Creator, God the Redeemer and God the Sanctifier, with the people of God in the many Worlds of Science and Technology, Today and Tomorrow.

Noon Lunch

1-2 SCIENCE - A HUMAN ENDEAVOR: THE STORY SO FAR:
Chinese, Indian, Egyptian traditions of empiricism; the Western tradition from ancient Greece onwards: Pre-Sokratics, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, thru Descartes, Bacon, and so to Popper, Kuhn, Feyrabend et al. Science as business, as social innovation, as government power, as social energy.

2-3 Science as Story: 'A Science is Born':
The story of the Life and Death of a Science: from Phrenology to Psychology, from Alchemy to Chemistry, and Astrology to Astronomy; Psychiatry and Physiatry, Psychoneuroimmunology; Chaology; science, technology and sin: physics and the Atom Bomb: the pastoral care of a science from conception to death. New sciences and old, new technologies and new markets. The story of future sciences. Technology, government and public policy. Many-to-many communication: science and the democratic process in the civilizations of today and tomorrow.

3pm Siesta

4-6 The Study of Science:
introduction to: the philosophy of science, psychology of science, sociology of science, politics of science, theology of science. Science as ideology. The economics, ethics and excellence of science and technology. Pure and applied science. Science and social problem-solving. Science as community. Think-tanks and 'genius groups' yesterday, today and tomorrow. Science as art; the shock of the new. Science education and the arts. The museums of the future. Intelligent buildings.

6pm Dinner break

7-8pm Science and Religion
Science and Theology: Dialogue, Collaboration

8-9pm Sciences and Technologies as Mission Fields;
Missiology in review and prospect; Lesslie Newbigin and T.F. Torrance in the worlds of science and technology

9pm Closing review and plenary discussion

DAY 2 [MONDAY]

8am Breakfast and meditation

9am The Churches of tomorrow as scientific/technological centers

10 Science and public policy:
the funding of science in government and business

11 Science and the arts:
the vision of better science in science fiction and future arts

12 Lunch

1pm The worlds of the professional futurist:
science and all our tomorrows

2pm The religious futurist:
a professional-in-training [with Jay Gary]

3pm Defining our work:
the mission of all churches [the Church] to all sciences and technologies

4pm Practical applications:
[Selection only of what we will discuss]: Ethics Lab; the Social Theory of the Automobile; Road Rage; Education for Computers; Science Funding and Public Policy in Genetics, I.S., Astronomy, Medicine; Technology transfer and the School of the Future; Church Architecture and the churches of the near-future; Youth and Seniors.

5pm End



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