In the Beginningpresentation at Adult Forum by Dr. Charles Dickinson
Beacon Hill Seminars, Boston
May 4, 2004
"In the Beginning": The Existential Relevance of Cosmology and Cosmogonya talk by Dr. Charles Dickinson
- Introduction: the Basic Existential Questions:
- "Where do we come from?"
- "What are we?"
- "Where are we going?"
- Why do we do cosmology and cosmogony?
- To make sense of immediate experience, viz. the world in which we live.
- To give our life-world meaning and value.
- To ascertain and solidify our own identity.
- To provide our ethics, our rules of behavior, which tell us how to behave.
- To solidify our own political standing in the world.
- How the "Scientific Revolution" changed the rules of the game:
- "Disturbing the hearth of the universe": a new picture of the cosmos.
- New "rules of evidence" and knowledge.
- The reaction of Blaise Pascal.
- Science and theology go their separate ways.
- New Developments in the 20th and 21st Centuries:
- Is the whole cosmos simply pointless?
- "Science and Spiritual Quest"