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Scientific Revolutions and Changing Human Values

October 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Revolutions in scientific knowledge and technologies have profoundly influenced modern human lives, ideas, and ethical values. This seminar will examine how scientific revolutions have transformed human identities and traditional beliefs. Philosopher Marc Lange will introduce the general concept of scientific revolutions, drawing on the important work of the scientific theorist Thomas Kuhn. Three talented scientists who will then explore the impact of changing scientific knowledge. Professors Christopher Clemens, Karen Pfennig, and Tessa Joseph-Nicholas will examine the far-reaching cultural effects of the early modern revolution in cosmology and astronomy, the nineteenth-century Darwinian revolution in biology, and the computer revolution that has brought new technologies into every sphere of modern life. Why and how does science change our beliefs and social lives? This is the question we’ll explore with faculty experts and with examples from major scientific revolutions.


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Marc Lange, Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

The Early Modern Cosmological Revolution and New Meanings of Human Life

Christopher Clemens, Jaroslav Folda Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences

Revolution in Evolution: the Hybrid in Your Genome

Karin Pfennig, Associate Professor & Associate Chair of Biology

The Computer Revolution and Changing Modern Cultures 

Tessa Joseph-Nicholas, Teaching Associate Professor in Computer Science and Director of Digital Arts and Humanities 

Have Scientific Revolutions Created the Modern World and Modern Ideas?

A panel discussion with our speakers


Friday, October 6, 4:30pm-8:30pm. Saturday, October 7, 9:00am-1:00pm. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 1).  Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.The optional dinner Friday evening is $20.00.

This seminar will take place in Research Triangle Park.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 


October 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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Archie K. Davis Conference Center
12 Davis Dr
Durham , NC 27709 United States
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(919) 549-8181
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