Is faith rational? Are faith and science mutually exclusive? Is adhering to a tradition beneficial? The Humanities and Natural Sciences Departments are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Philosophy, Science, and Religion Forum on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30am titled “Faith, Traditions, and Authority” featuring keynote speaker Dr. Lara Buchak from Princeton University. Join us for her keynote address and get a chance to ask her questions and participate in a lively inquiry on the nature of faith. All are welcome to attend! Please promote this event to your students and consider bringing your classes and offering extra credit.
Allegiance to a tradition or paradigm is an important part of religious and moral life, and an important part of the scientific enterprise. But it is puzzling what a tradition or paradigm adds over and above the rational consideration of evidence, and sometimes adherence to a tradition or paradigm makes people more dogmatic, more isolated, or less able to see evidence against their own views. Dr. Buchak will use recent work on the nature of faith to show that adhering to a tradition, even in the face of counterevidence, is rational—and to show that the seemingly problematic features of traditions are actually beneficial. She will also use this work to explain when and why it is rational to defer to authorities, in matters of science, religion, and morality.