The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum concludes its summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” July 27 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
Dinner is provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.
The hope is that these lectures and discussions will be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, no matter what religion or scientific background. Talks are aimed at a general audience. All are welcome. Follow the Faith & Science Forum blog at: www.lafsf.org.
Wednesday, July 27: The Whole Person
Scientists, philosopher, and theologians have developed models of humankind that vary from a whole person (monism, only the sum of physical parts) to dualism (body and survivable soul) to tricotomies (such as three parts in the image of a triune God). The emergent property of a “self” separable from the human body and possibly surviving it is recognized as a concept common to some faiths and some sciences.
About the presenter:
Gerry Wood came to Los Alamos after completing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 he retired after 35 years at LANL, working mostly in health and safety areas. Since then he has continued to consult for the CDC, Army, EPA, and private companies. He has been a member of the Los Alamos Church of Christ for 47 years, the last 25 years serving as one of the elders there. He has been involved with the Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum for three years. For more information, visit GerryOWood.com.