Festival ?an investment in social capital
'DOUBT it and test it'.
That is the simple recipe for the success of modern science, according to International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival patron Howie Firth.
In his address yesterday, Mr Firth said that if the above approach to science, inspired by Descartes and Galileo, can be applied to religion 'we get a fresher and clearer perspective'.
"Today I spoke about four of the great names in the birth of modern science and showed how they had to overcome mindsets that built up over 2000 years," Mr Firth said.
"In order to overcome these mindsets, the scientists required enormous commitment to search for the truth. Sometimes philosophy is seen in terms of a conflict between the church and science, yet religious ideas were at the heart of thinking of people like Kepler and Newton."
Attending his third festival, Dr Frank Crofts of Port Macquarie said he felt the integration of science and theology was timely.
"It's more important now than ever that experts in the disciplines of philosophy, science and theology come in and talk together, for this reason this festival is a great investment in social capital," Dr Crofts said.
"Howie's talk today was interesting, especially looking at the relationship between science and the heart ... a scientist who can think of science in relation to people and the implications of science on their lives can make a big contribution."