The Nature of Reality
An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion
The interdisciplinary panel “The Nature of Reality” will take place at the Folino Theater on March 31, 2011 at 6 o’clock in the evening. The event is organized by the Schmid College of Science in partnership with the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts and the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chapman Chancellor, Dr. Daniele Struppa.
The panel discussion will start by asking two questions, “Is there an Ultimate Reality?” and if yes, “Can it be accounted for by science such as mathematics, biology and physics?” The panelists will address the questions, then they will be given a chance to respond to each other and interact, followed by opening up the floor to Q&A from the audience.
We expect a variety of views from science, and philosophy and the event will be lively and informative. The panelists are practicing scientists, authors, health professionals as well as experts in philosophical systems from different fields. As the two main paradigms in science are, in a broad sense, the physical and the biological, these questions will be addressed by both physicists and biologists/M.D.’s as well as other experts. The role of mathematics as the fundamental language of nature, quantum measurements, philosophical approaches, biological, psychological and neuroscience findings for brain and mind, are all possible discussion points.
Confirmed scientists, authors and academicians who have agreed to join the panel discussion:
|The Panelists:||Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Internationally Renowned Bestselling Author of More Than 50 books on Spirituality and Well-Being
|Stuart Hameroff, M.D.
Consciousness Expert and Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology, University of Arizona
|Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.
Dean of Chapman University’s Schmid College of Science; Vice Chancellor for Special Projects; Director of the Center of Excellence in Applied, Fundamental and Computational Science; Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics
|Leonard Mlodinow, Ph.D.
Caltech Physicist and Co-Author (with Stephen Hawking), The Grand Design
|Carmichael Peters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Chapman University
|Michael Shermer, Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Skeptics Society, Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine, Bestselling Author (Why Darwin Matters)
|Daniele Struppa, Ph.D.
Chancellor of Chapman University; Professor of Mathematics
|Henry Stapp, Ph.D.
Physicist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; expert on the nature of consciousness as seen through quantum mechanics
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Human Energy System Alliance
|Bill Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Chapman University