Human Brain, Not God, Produces All Religious Experience
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates - Kaufman Center
Intelligence Squared US debates whether science refutes the existence of God.
*Panelists subject to change
FOR THE MOTIONLawrence Krauss
Director, Origins Project and Foundation Professor at ASU
Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist. He is the Director of the Origins Project and Professor of Physics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Krauss has written several bestselling books including A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012). Passionate about educating the public about science to ensure sound public policy, Krauss has helped lead a national effort to defend the teaching of evolution in public schools. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and author
Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and Editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. Shermer's latest book is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies-How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths ( 2011). He was a college Professor for 20 years, and since his creation of Skeptic magazine, has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, and Charlie Rose. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
AGAINST THE MOTIONIan Hutchinson
Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT
Ian Hutchinson is a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He and his research group are international leaders exploring the generation and confinement (using magnetic fields) of plasmas hotter than the sun's center. This research, carried out on a national experimental facility designed, built, and operated by Hutchinson's team, is aimed at producing practical energy for society from controlled nuclear fusion reactions, the power source of the stars. In addition to authoring 200 research articles about plasma physics, Hutchinson has written and spoken widely on the relationship between Science and Christianity. His recent book Monopolizing Knowledge explores how the error of scientism arose, how it undermines reason as well as religion, and how it feeds today's culture wars and an excessive reliance on technology.
Former President of the King's College & Author
A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D'Souza, has had a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former Policy Analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, he quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. In 2008 D'Souza released the book, What's So Great About Christianity, the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. D'Souza was also the former President of The King's College in NYC.