How did consciousness arise? Is the universe rational? Is there a meaning to life? Once these questions were the domain of the sacred, but in the modern world, science offers very different answers to religion.
In this course, Dr Mark Vernon explores the common ground between these allegedly incompatible world views. But which can provide us with the best description of reality?
Part One: The Battleground. Vernon reveals the history of the science-religion conflict and its place in our culture.
Part Two: Alternatives to the Conflict. Can we think about science and religion differently and avoid the conflict altogether?
Part Three: Science and Consciousness. Vernon proposes a new model for solving the problem: does consciousness hold the key?