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Research seminars

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmundís College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Lent term

The Earliest Life on Earth

Prof. Hugh Rollinson

Tuesday January 22, 2019

St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Abstract

The geological record tells us that life did not emerge on Earth until about 1 billion years after the planet formed and even then it existed in its most primitive state for another 3 billion years. Only after the Cambrian explosion of life at ca 540 Ma did abundant life exist on our planet. This talk

1.      surveys the history of life on Earth from 3.5 billion years to the present;

2.      examines the evidence for the first life on Earth in 3.7-3.8 billion year-old rocks from west Greenland;

3.      discusses the chaotic nature of the very early Earth and explores how the first life might have appeared, perhaps quite rapidly;

These findings demonstrate that the emergence of carbon-based life in the Universe was a long, slow process and raises theological questions about the nature of the God’s creative work. They also raise the question of how special is the Earth relative to other planetary bodies in the Universe and whether or not our planet is ‘fine-tuned’ for life.

It keeps me seeking

Prof. Andrew Briggs

Tuesday February 5, 2019

St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Humility, Hope and Holiness: Explorations in the psychology of character strengths

Dr Roger Bretherton

Tuesday February 19, 2019

St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Hearing Voices: Theology, psychiatry and the lived experience of hearing voices.

Prof. John Swinton

Tuesday March 5, 2019

St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN


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