Spirit and Nature of Science

Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Shermer debated the limits of science in addressing spiritual questions. Mr. Shermer argued that such issues will… read more

Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Shermer debated the limits of science in addressing spiritual questions. Mr. Shermer argued that such issues will either eventually be addressable using conventional scientific thinking, or will remain mysteries that science cannot penetrate. Going beyond material explanations, he claimed, is not the answer. Mr. Schwartz said that quantum physics has thrown new light on these questions, and that his own work has demonstrated that non-material forces may influence material entities, such as the brain. Following prepared remarks accompanied by slides, the speakers responded to questions from the audience. This discussion was part one of a larger debate on the scope of science organized and hosted by the Veritas Forum in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA.. Co-sponsors were The Center for Inquiry International, The Skeptic Society and Skeptic magazine, and The IDEA Center. The debate was moderated by Professor Willard.

Mr. Schwartz is the author of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force, published by Regan Books. Mr. Shermer wrote The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule, published by Times Books. close

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Public Affairs Event
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Debate
Location:
Los Angeles, California, United States
First Aired:
Jun 12, 2004 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Aug 29, 2004 | 11:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Jun 12, 2004 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 27, 2004 | 5:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 28, 2004 | 5:01am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 29, 2004 | 11:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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