Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (Understanding Complex Systems)
Edited by Nancey Murphy, George F.R. Ellis, and Timothy O'Connor
How is free will possible in light of the physical and chemical underpinnings of brain activity and recent neurobiological experiments? How can the emergence of complexity in hierarchical systems such as the brain, based at the lower levels in physical interactions, lead to something like genuine free will? A key tool in understanding how free will may arise in this context is the idea of downward causation in complex systems, happening coterminously with bottom up causation, to form an integral whole.
The Deep Structure of Biology: Is Convergence Sufficiently Ubiquitous to Give a Directional Signal?
Edited by Simon Conway Morris
Templeton Press, May 2008
Twelve renowned scientists, philosophers, and theologians examine the phenomenon of convergence in biology, exemplified by the very similar construction of the camera-eye of cephalopods and vertebrates, and discuss the metaphysical implications that emerge if it is determined that the processes of evolution are more ordered and predicable that we had thought heretofore. The Purpose in Evolution symposium was chaired by Simon Conway Morris, professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge.
Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics
Edited by Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen
Cambridge University Press, November 2010
Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. In recent years, however, the concept of information has gained importance. Why? In this book, eminent scientists, philosophers and theologians chart various aspects of information, from quantum information to biological and digital information, in order to understand how nature works. Beginning with an historical treatment of the topic, the book also examines physical and biological approaches to information, and its philosophical, theological, and ethical implications.
The first in a three-part series, this volume explores how game theory's strategic formulation of central problems in the analysis of social interactions is used to develop multi-level theories that examine the interplay between individuals and the collectives they form. The authors suggest that conventional analyses need to be broadened to explain how heuristics, like concepts of fairness, arise and become formalized into the ethical principles embraced by a society. The Games, Groups, God(s) and the Global Good symposium was chaired by Simon A. Levin, George M.
Edited by Bernard Carr
Cambridge University Press, 2007
Recent developments in cosmology and particle physics have led to the remarkable realization that our universe - rather than being unique - could be just one of many universes. In this volume, a number of active and eminent researchers in the field - mainly cosmologists and particle physicists but also some philosophers describe these recent developments and assess their implications, thus providing, for the first time, a broad and insightful overview of the subject. The Universe or Multiverse Symposium was chaired by Paul Davies.
The Work of the Spirit: Pneumatology and Pentecostalism
Edited by Michael Welker
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006
Ever since the sensational Azuza Street Revival in 1906, the global Pentecostal church has continued to explode numerically, pushing theological debates on the Holy Spirit to the forefront. This insightful collection draws together theologians, scientists, and Pentecostal scholars to make connections between the study and experience of the Holy Spirit. The Pneumatology Symposium was chaired by Michael Welker.
The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion
Edited by Philip Clayton and Paul Davies
Oxford University Press, 2006
This collection of essays debates the perplexing question of whether, and if so how, consciousness emerges from the functioning of the brain. It contains the work both of leading proponents of emergence theory and some of its outspoken critics. The Emergent Reality Symposium was chaired by Paul Davies.
Edited by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough
Oxford University Press USA, 2004
Scientists have begun to shed light on gratitude and its role in social life, as well as for the health and well-being of individuals and relationships. This book brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most neglected emotion. The Kindling the Science of Gratitude Symposium was chaired by Robert Emmons.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
By Martin E.P. Seligman
(Paperback) The Free Press, 2004
(Hardcover) The Free Press, 2002
Martin Seligman introduces the revolutionary, scientific idea of "positive psychology," which focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. The Evolution Purpose and Meaning Symposium was chaired by Robert Wright.
The Link between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor
Edited by Harold G. Koenig and Harvey J. Cohen
Oxford University Press USA, 2002
This book examines the possibility that religious involvement might affect physical health through known neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms. The Psychoneuroimmunology and the "Faith Factor" in Human Health Symposium was held at Duke University and chaired by Harvey Jay Cohen and Harold Koenig.
The Far Future Universe: Eschatology from a Cosmic Perspective
Edited by George F.R. Ellis
Templeton Press, 2002
This compilation of essays offers speculations on various scenarios for the future, from the perspectives of cosmology, physics, biology, humanity and theology. The Far-Future Universe Symposium was held at the Pontifical Academy of Science and chaired by Martin Rees.
Edited by John Polkinghorne
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001
The development of kenotic ideas was one of the most important advances in theological thinking in the late twentieth century. In this book, eleven foremost theologians and scientists discuss the kenotic view of creation, exploring the implications of this controversial perspective for Christine doctrine and the scientific enterprise generally. The Love & the Ultimate Nature of Reality Symposium was held at Queens' College, Cambridge, and chaired by John Polkinghorne.
Many Worlds: The New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life & the Theological Implications
Edited by Steven Dick
Templeton Press, 2000
In this book, renowned scientists in fields from physics to astronomy discuss the possibility of a cosmic evolutionary process that guides not only our universe, but other planets and universes as well. The Many Worlds Symposium was chaired by Paul Davies.
In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God's Presence in a Scientific World
Edited by Philip Clayton and Arthur Peacocke
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004
This book highlights the exploration of how panentheistic philosophies may encourage open-minded research about the myriad aspects of divinity. The Panentheism symposium was held in December 2001 at St. George's House in Windsor Castle, England and Chaired by Philip Clayton and Arthur Peacocke.
From Cells to Souls - and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature
Edited by Malcolm Jeeves
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004
This book takes an interdisciplinary look at the intersection of religion and science, exploring what new scientific knowledge does and does not say about religious views on personhood. The Mind, Brain and Personhood Symposium was chaired by Malcolm Jeeves.
From Complexity to Life: On the Emergence of Life and Meaning
Edited by Niels Henrik Gregersen
Oxford University Press USA, 2002
This book brings together cutting-edge research in complexity for the general reader, as well as posing the question of the wider metaphysical implications of complexity. Emergence of order and meaning in an other-wise silent universe are also addressed. The Complexity, Information and Design Symposium was chaired by Paul Davies.
Becoming Human: Innovation in Prehistoric Material and Spiritual Culture
Edited by Colin Renfrew and Iain Morley
Cambridge University Press, March 2009
The Upper Paleolithic era of Europe has left an abundance of evidence for symbolic activities, such as direct representations of animals and other features of the natural world, personal adornments, and elaborate burials. These behaviors are also exhibited by populations throughout the world, from the prehistoric period to the present day. What do these activities tell us about the beliefs and priorities of the people who carried them out? How do these behaviors relate to ideologies, cosmology, and understanding of the world?
The Trinity and an Entangled World: Relationality in Physical Science and Theology
Edited by John Polkinghorne
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010
Twentieth-century science discovered that the physical world is profoundly relational. Thanks to the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, there is a holistic connectivity at the deepest level of physical reality. This new way of comprehending the universe, which brings to mind the mystery at the heart of Trinitarian theology, has inspired thirteen distinguished scholars from physics and theology to explore the role of relationality in both science and religion.
The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L'Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences
Edited by Hans S. Reinders
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, July 2010
The village of Trosly-Breuil in northern France is home to the first of well over one hundred L'Arche communities worldwide, where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together. In 2007 an impressive assortment of social scientists and theologians gathered there to offer responses to a question posed by L'Arche's visionary founding leader, Jean Vanier: "What have people with disabilities taught me?" Their answers are presented in a diverse collection of essays.
Edited by Roy Baumeister, Alfred Mele and Kathleen Vohs
Oxford University Press, June 2010
This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled most fundamentally with these issues.
Homo Symbolicus: The dawn of language, imagination and spirituality
Edited by Christopher S. Henshilwood and Francesco d’Errico
John Benjamins Publishing Company, October 2011
The emergence of symbolic culture, classically identified with European cave paintings of the Ice Age, is now seen, in the light of recent groundbreaking discoveries, as a complex nonlinear process rooted in a remote past and in different regions of the planet.
Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue
Edited by Gerald O'Collins and Mary Ann Meyers
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, January 2012
In this volume renowned scientists and theologians discuss the concept of light as understood by modern physics and employed by biblical and patristic writers. Light from Light deepens readers' understanding of light as posited by recent cosmological and physical theories, drawing connections with "light" as a theological metaphor. Striking glimpses into new scientific developments offer additional insight and interest.
Rethinking Human Nature: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Edited by Malcolm Jeeves
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, February 2011
How do the many exciting recent scientific discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and paleoanthropology challenge and complicate—but also enrich and illuminate—the traditional Christian portrait of human nature? In Rethinking Human Nature an international team of scientists, historians, philosophers, and theologians presents both the wisdom of the past and the cutting edge of present and developing scientific research to explore answers to this vital question.
Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, Chicheley, England
Meaning in Mathematics
Edited by John Polkinghorne
Oxford University Press, July 2011
Is mathematics a highly sophisticated intellectual game in which the adepts display their skill by tackling invented problems, or are mathematicians engaged in acts of discovery as they explore an independent realm of mathematical reality? Why does this seemingly abstract discipline provide the key to unlocking the deep secrets of the physical universe? How one answers these questions will significantly influence metaphysical thinking about reality.
Guest Editors: George FR Ellis, Denis Noble, and Timothy O'Connor
Royal Society Publishing, February 2012
This issue of the journal is focused on ‘"top-down causation." The words in this title, however, already raise or beg many questions. Causation can be of many kinds. They form our ways of ordering our scientific understanding of the world, all the way from the reductive concept of cause as elementary objects exerting forces on each other, through to the more holistic concept of attractors towards which whole systems move, and to adaptive selection taking place in the context of an ecosystem.
The Society of Christian Philosophers, Volume 28, Issue 1, January 2011
Faith and Philosophy is published quarterly by the Society of Christian Philosophers. The journal encourages discussions among philosophers representing a wide variety of theological perspectives and philosophical orientations that fall largely within the philosophy of religion. This issue emerged from a symposium at the University of Cambridge in 2010 titled “Faith, Rationality and the Passions,” sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation as part of its Humble Approach Initiative.
Edited by Jim Fodor and Sarah Coakley
Wiley-Blackwell, Volume 27, Number 2, April 2011
Modern Theology publishes scholarly articles addressing issues specific to the discipline of theology and wider issues from a theological perspective. This special issue was the product of a symposium at the University of Cambridge in 2010 titled “Faith, Rationality and the Passions,” sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation as part of its Humble Approach Initiative. Guest editor Sarah Coakley gathers essays that examine the question of the relation of passion to reason in the life of faith and the birth of “emotion” as a new and psychologised concept.
Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology: Individuals, Institutions, and Innovations
Edited by Andrew Robinson
Templeton Press, March 2013
There has been considerable progress in understanding many of the stages and facets of exceptional creativity and innovation. In Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology, editor Andrew Robinson gathers together a diverse group of contributors to explore this progress. This new collection arises from a symposium with the same title held at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton.
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Complexity and the Arrow of Time
Edited by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ruse
Cambridge University Press
There is a widespread assumption that the universe in general, and life in particular, is getting more complex with time. This book brings together a wide range of experts in science, philosophy, and theology and unveils their joint effort in exploring this idea. They confront essential problems behind the theory of complexity and the role of life within it: What is complexity? When does it increase, and why? Is the universe evolving towards states of ever greater complexity and diversity? If so, what is the source of this universal enrichment?