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Annual lecture

2017 Convocation Annual Lecture – From the Big Bang to Artificial Intelligence: Do Science and God Compete?

On Tuesday 7th March at 5.30pm Dr David Glass will be giving the 2017 Convocation Annual Lecture – From the Big Bang to Artificial Intelligence: Do Science and God Compete?

Dr David Glass is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics. As well as undertaking research in the areas of computational and mathematical modelling and philosophy of science, in a recent project he has used probability theory to help determine whether science can ‘explain away’ God. He has given many academic and popular lectures on the relationship between science and religion and is the author of Atheism’s New Clothes, which is a response to the writings of the New Atheists.

This lecture will explore whether science and God are in competition or whether science might actually provide support for belief in God. The final part of the lecture will briefly consider whether developments in artificial intelligence could undermine a religious view of human beings.

The Convocation Executive Committee would be delighted if you could join us for the lecture at 5.30pm on 7th March in the Assembly Hall at the Jordanstown campus and for light refreshments afterwards.

Last year's annual lecture

Last year's annual lecture was successful and featured a presentation by Colin Breen entitled "From Antrim to Zanzibar, heritage research at Ulster University.

Dr Colin Breen is a reader in the School of Environmental Sciences and has worked extensively across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and also serves as an advisor to a number of governments and universities across these regions.

The University has a strong profile in heritage and archeological research, the lecture highlighted the relevance of this using a number of case studies including past climate change, early nation-building in Ireland and Scotland and the process of colonialism across Africa. The key issues of identity and sustainability underpin much of this research.