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Dawn of a New Age in Science

9 October 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, Theaterzaal OBA, zevende etage, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
020 551 0782
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Is it time to change the way we think about science? During this evening symposium, a highly diverse panel of experts will consider this question by examining various subjects that our current scientific paradigm cannot adequately explain.

The way that we think about science is changing. The current scientific paradigm is based on Cartesian and Newtonian insights and is now 350 years old. It has been exceptionally powerful and fuelled the Enlightenment, modern technology and the West’s prosperity. But there are phenomena that these ideas cannot adequately explain, such as consciousness and the latest advances in modern physics. Today’s climate and humanitarian crises also call for a fresh perspective. During this symposium, our panel of experts will examine these issues and whether we need to challenge the assumptions of our current scientific paradigm.

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  • Sarah Durston, professor of Development Disorders of the Brain, University Medical Centre Utrecht 
  • Eveline Crone, professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology, Leiden University
  • Peter Paul Verbeek, professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente 
  • Ton Baggerman, psychotherapist 
  • Erik Verlinde, professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam 
  • Bert-Jaap Koops, professor of Regulation and Technology, Tilburg University 
  • Jenny Slatman, professor of Medical Humanities, Tilburg University 
  • John Colmey, director of Communications, Outreach and Engagement, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Jan Willem Romeijn, professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Groningen
  • Lieven Vandersypen, professor of Quantum Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology

Moderator: Margriet van der Heijden

During this event The Universe, Life and Everything... Dialogues on our Changing Understanding of Reality, a new book by Sarah Durston and Ton Baggerman (published by AUP), will be presented.

The discussions will take place in English.

Organisation Event

This event is organised by the KNAW, The Young Academy and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).