Salman Hameed probes the limits of religion and science …
Thursday, 4th Dec 2008 | 7:00 pm
Some of the fundamental questions of humanity relate to our origins and our place in the cosmos. Religion has traditionally addressed some of these questions. However, in the past two centuries, science has provided a compelling narrative for the origin of the universe and for the origin of species on our planet. But are there questions about our universe that cannot be answered by science? Conversely, are there questions that should not be addressed by religion?
Salman Hameed is an astronomer and Assistant Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. Currently, he is working on understanding the rise of creationism in the contemporary Islamic world and how Muslims view the relationship between science and religion. He is also working with historian Tracy Leavelle at Creighton University to analyze reconciliation efforts between astronomers and Native Hawaiians over telescopes on top of sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii. His astronomy research focuses on star formation in spiral galaxies. He has taught “History and Philosophy of Science & Religion” with philosopher Laura Sizer, “Science in the Islamic World”, along with astronomy courses such as “Introduction to Astrophysics” and “Search for Life in the Universe”.
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