Guest academics

This page is a list of guest academics who have given a talk at the RSS or joined us to take part in a discussion.

[We’ll define an academic here as someone who, at minimum, has a PhD or is close to getting one. However it’s clearly a continuum with a somewhat arbitrary cut off point.]

-Under construction: link to their UoA/other web page if they have one, summary of the meeting, day/date/location, topic, department (if any)/qualifications

University of Auckland

Most of our guest academics have been from the UoA, where we are based.

Faculty of Business and Economics

Christina Stringer

Topic: Fair trade (RSS/Oxfam meeting) (slides)    From: International business and mgmt.

When and where: Thurday 19 May 2011, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Faculty of Law

John Ip

Topic: Counterterrorism (video)        From: Faculty of Law

When and where: Thurday 12 May 2011, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Faculty of Arts

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Topic: atheism (PowerPoint), Popper’s science (PowerPoint; video), naturalism (PowerPoint), also atheist week (2010) talk “Is religion owed respect?” (possibly forthcoming)

From: Philosophy department

John Bishop

Topic: religion and science        From: Philosophy department

Chris Tucker

Topic: epistemology of perceptual vs. religious experiences (handout; video)

From: Philosophy dept.

When and where: Monday 28 March 2011, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building: Case Room 4

Matthew Dentith

Topic: conspiracy theories (video; slides), arguments from authority (video; pdf)

From: Philosophy department

Brian Boyd

Topic: overview of his research and career (ppt available but too big to upload at Google Docs…)

From: English department

Malcolm Campbell

Topic: Is history a science? (video available to members on hard drive)

From: History Department

When and where: Monday 18 April 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Louise Nicholson

Topic: Science funding and grants    From: School of Medical Sciences

When and where: Monday 13 June, 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Faculty of Science

Wayne Stewart

Topic: Bayesian Statistics        From: Stats Department

When and where: Monday 30 May 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Garry Tee

Topic: History of mathematics (video)        From: Mathematics Department

When and where: Thursday 28 April 2011, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Howard Carmichael 

Topic: Quantum physics (video)        From: Physics Department

When and where: Thursday 2 June 2011, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Roger Davies

Topic: Climate physics (video available to members on hard drive)

From: Physics Department

When and where: Monday 9 May 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Peter Wills

Topic: origin of life (video)       From: Physics department

Greg Holwell

Topic: sexual cannibalism        From: School of biological sciences (SBS)

Mat Goddard

Topic: evolution        From: School of biological sciences (SBS)

Rochelle Constantine

Topic: cetacean societies (slides)        From: School of Biological Sciences (SBS)

When and where: Monday 4 April 2011, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building: Case Room 4

Niki Harre

Topic: Psychology surrounding sustainability and climate change        From: Psychology Dept.

When and where: Monday 16 May 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Other

Bill Cooke

Topics: historicity of Jesus (video; slides), humanism (video), rationalism (25 July)

Glenn Peoples

Topic: the moral argument (video)

Matthew Flannagan

Topic: divine command theory (video; slides)

Dr. Ted Davis

Topic: Darwin and religion

When and where: Monday 1 August 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building

Stephen Davies

Topic: aesthetics, art and evolution

When and where: Thursday 4 August 2011, 5-6pm, G25, Clock Tower East Wing

John Bishop

Topic: epistemology and faith

When and where: Monday 8 August 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building

Stephen Winter

Topic: climate change, complicity and compensation

When and where: Thursday 11 August 2011, 5-6pm, G25, Clock Tower East Wing

Cristian Calude

Topic: quantum computing – its power and limitations
 
When and where: Monday 22 August 2011, 5-6pm, Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building
 
[Last updated 31/7/11 by Richard]
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