Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible – Jerry Coyne

Biologist and best-selling author Jerry Coyne explains why attempts to make religion compatible with science are doomed to fail.

For the next in our “Teach the Controversy” speaker series, the Centre for Inquiry is pleased to present University of Chicago biologist Jerry A. Coyne discussing his new book, Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible

In this talk, Jerry Coyne explains why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions.

Coyne warns that religious prejudices and structures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise, and demonstrates the grave harm, to both individuals and to our planet, in mistaking faith for fact when making important decisions about the world we live in.. Expanding on the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. He demonstrates the grave harm, to both individuals and to our planet, in mistaking faith for fact when making important decisions about the world we live in.

There will be a reception and booksigning with light refreshments following the talk. Copies of Faith vs Fact are available for pre-order with your ticket purchase; a limited number will be available for sale at the event.

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BIOGRAPHY

Jerry A. Coyne is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Harvard University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of California at Davis, he took his first academic position as assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at The University of Maryland. In 1996 he joined the faculty of The University of Chicago and has been there ever since. Coyne’s work has been largely concerned with the genetics of species differences, aimed at understanding the evolutionary processes that produce new species. He has written 115 scientific papers and more than 130 popular articles, book reviews, and columns, as well as a scholarly book about his research area, Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr. His trade book about the evidence for evolution, Why Evolution is True, was a New York Times bestseller. Coyne is a contributor to The New York Times, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Nation, USA Today, and other popular periodicals. About CFI Canada

Centre for Inquiry Canada is a registered educational charity with the mandate to educate and provide training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic enquiry through conferences, symposia, lectures, published works, and the maintenance of a library.

11. January 2016 by
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