2013 Interpreter Symposium on
Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man

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Science and Mormonism have nearly always been on very friendly terms, with Church members sharing the deep conviction that, as expressed by former scientist and apostle Elder James E. Talmage, “within the gospel of Jesus Christ there is room and place for every truth thus far learned by man, or yet to be made known.” Subsequent Presidents and General Authorities of the Church have advanced similar views about the ultimate compatibility of religious and scientific truths and, with notably few exceptions, have maintained markedly positive attitudes toward both the methods and conclusions of mainstream science and the advance of modern technology.

This symposium will feature the personal perspectives of prominent LDS scientists addressing the theme of “Cosmos, Earth, and Man.” Through presentations, panels, and interactive discussions, attendees will hear concise and colorful summaries of the state-of-the-art in scientific research relating to these topics and will gain a deeper appreciation of the unique contributions of LDS doctrine to the ongoing conversation.

Date: November 9, 2013
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Program & Schedule: Click here for full program and schedule of events
Place: Utah Valley Convention Center (220 West Center Street, Provo, Utah)
Parking, Hotels, Dining: Click here for location information
Free to the public (Donations are welcome)
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The symposium was filmed, and videos of the presentations are now available for free viewing.  You can see them here.

We expect both hard copy and electronic versions of a book with expanded and fully-footnoted versions of presenter talks, panel discussion, and possibly additional chapters to be prepared and published in the first half of 2014.

With contributing support from:

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Presenters and Discussants include:
(Click here for full bios and abstracts, or on a link below.)

  • David H. Bailey
    Berkeley National Laboratory (ret.) and University of California, Davis
  • Emily Bates
    Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Bates Laboratory, University of Colorado
  • Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
    Senior Research Scientist. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • R. Paul Evans
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Ron Hellings
    Research Professor, Department of Physics, Montana State University
  • Bart J. Kowallis
    Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University
  • John S. Lewis
    Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona and Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries
  • Steven L. Peck
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Jani Radebaugh
    Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University
  • Michael R. Stark
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology – Neuroscience, Brigham Young University
  • Trent D. Stephens
    Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Embryology, Idaho State University
  • Amy L. Williams
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
  • Richard N. Williams
    Founding Director, The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University

Organizers:

  • David Bailey – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (retired) and University of California, Davis
  • Jeffrey M. Bradshaw – Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • John S. Lewis – Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona and Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries
  • Gregory L. Smith – University of Calgary, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine.
  • Michael R. Stark – Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology – Neuroscience, Brigham Young University

17 thoughts on “2013 Interpreter Symposium on
Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man

    • The answers to your questions are almost certainly yes. We won’t know titles for some time, but we suspect the topics to be discussed will include cosmology, creation, ecology, environment, life sciences, geology, fossils, evolution, genetics, neurology, etc.

      Since registration is free, you could sign up now to indicate your interest, and there is no obligation to attend if the titles are not to your liking.

    • Hi Dean. Unfortunately, the conference is entirely sold out now, and registrations are closed. We will have a standby line available for those really wishing to get in. We will also be live streaming the conference online via YouTube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEtdclSQ5d8

      We will also be video recording the conference, and will be posting the videos in the days following the event. A printed version of the proceedings will also be published in early 2014.

      Hopefully one of these methods will allow you to see the proceedings.

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