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Reflections of an Information Scientist on the Science versus Religion debate with with Professor Alan Gillies
Date: 3 October 2012 Time: 2.00-4.00 pm
Venue: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building
This guest lecture will explore the debate between Science and Religion from the perspective of an information scientist. Professor Gillies will argue that there is a lack of dialogue in much of the current debate which is highly polarised.
He will seek to clarify the scope and nature of the problem and use reflections from an information science career drawing on arguments from artificial
intelligence, mathematical modelling and information systems theories to construct a more effective framework for debate. It draws on work carried out within a
programme of study which included a short research fellowship at Harris
Manchester College Oxford and culminated in the publication of Theological
Reflections of An Information Scientist.
More information is available at www.ageofunreason.co.uk.
This talk is free and open to all
Alan Gillies was Professor of Information Management at the University of Central Lancashire from 1994 to 2010.
He graduated from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1984 in Chemistry. His PhD, probably the first to be awarded by the University of Central Lancashire after gaining its charter in 1992, was in problem solving methodology using knowledge based systems and formed the basis of his first book. He has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford (1993-98, 2009) UMF Cluj, Romania (2001-) and RMIT, Melbourne (2001) and published over 100 articles and books.
In 2010, he left his full time academic position to join the Hope Street Centre as Director of Informatics, but retains an
honorary chair at UCLAN, and acts as an advisor to the
Cybersecurity MSc here at Lancaster.
Who can attend: Anyone
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