Dr. Gregg Caruso will sign Science and Religion: 5 Questions on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Elmira Barnes & Noble Booksellers (821 County Road 64, Elmira, NY 14903).
Appropriate for general audiences, reading and discussion groups, professional philosophers, scientists, theologians, and apologists, the book is a collection of 33 interviews based on five questions presented to some of the world's most influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists. Edited by Gregg D. Caruso, Corning Community College associate professor of philosophy, the book explores some of the most important open questions, problems, and challenges confronting the relationship between science and religion as well as the prospects for progress. It was published by Automatic Press, an imprint of Vince, Inc. Press, and is available now through the publisher and online book retailers.
“I am excited to meet our readers,” said Caruso, who has authored several books, including Free Will and Consciousness and Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility. “Much of my inspiration comes from a personal interest in the subject matter, but I am continually inspired to satisfy the curiosities of my readers as well.”
The contributors to Science and Religion: 5 Questions include influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists, including a Nobel Prize winning physicist, three Templeton Prize winners, two Humanist of the Year winners, the Most Influential Rabbi in America (Newsweek, 2012), the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism (New York Times), a National Humanities Medal winner, a National Medal of Science winner, a Star of South Africa Medal winner, a Carl Sagan Award winner, a National Science Board’s Public Service Medal winner, a MacArthur Fellow, a Lakatos Award winner, an Erasmus Prize winner, a Friend of Darwin Award winner, a Distinguished Skeptic Award winner, the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures, and many more.
Steven Pinker, noted Harvard professor and author, says Science and Religion: 5 Questions is a collection of "Provocative thoughts on the most profound question of our time (or any time) by an all-star cast of thinkers."
The book explores such questions as:
- Are science and religion compatible when it comes to understanding cosmology (the origin of the universe), biology (the origin of life and of the human species), ethics, and the human mind (minds, brains, souls, and free will)?
- Do science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria?
- Is Intelligent Design a scientific theory?
- How do the various faith traditions view the relationship between science and religion?
- What, if any, are the limits of scientific explanation?