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Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think

Story imageLecture by Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University, upon the publication of her book of the same name.
In the wake of such recent controversies as teaching Intelligent Design and the ethics of stem cell research, greater understanding between scientists and believers is critical. According to a recent national survey, nearly 25% of all Americans think that scientists are hostile to religion. In fact, however, we know little about how scientists engage with religion and spirituality. In this timely volume, Elaine Howard Ecklund fills a void in our knowledge by examining the views of elite natural and social scientists from seven different disciplines at twenty-one top U.S. research universities.

Location: Lewis Library 120

Date/Time: 11/18/10 at 4:30 pm - 11/18/10 at 6:00 pm

Professor Ecklund is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University and a Rice scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Program on Religion and Public Life at the Institute for Urban Research. Ecklund is currently directing three national research projects. The Religious Immigrant Civic Engagement Study (R.I.C.E.) – funded by the Russell Sage Foundation – examines changes to civil society as a result of recent immigration to the US. The other, Religion among Academic Scientists (RAAS) is a national study on religion and spirituality among scientists at elite research universities, the first study in over twenty years to systematically gather data on this topic. The third examines the experiences of women in academic biology and physics and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Additional information can be found here: http://www.ehecklund.rice.edu

Category: Public Lectures

Department: CSR