Does religion contradict science? Does a scientific world view leave space for religion? These questions frequent public debates. To have an informed position on these issues it is essential to first understand what is science. This is the aim of this series of talks. I will begin with an exploration of the nature of questions that can be scientifically studied. I will then discuss how these questions are studied and what is the nature of scientific knowledge.
In subsequent lectures I will further explore these issues in the context of the scientific study of Life (Biology) and of Mind (Psychology). Since these Life and Mind are topics for religion as well, the ground for a discussion on Science and Religion will be set, which will then be explored in the last set of talks.
Duration: 5 weeks (1 day per week)
Location(s): The course will be delivered in two forms: online through the use of virtual classrooms or offline in Central London with physical classrooms. Students can enroll on either course depending on their geographical location.
Instructor: Ausaf Farooqui
Course Start Date: TBA
What is Science?
The Scientific Process
Nature of Scientific Knowledge
Case of Biological Sciences
Case of Psychological Sciences
Islam and Science