Program & Schedule

Second Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium:
Body, Brain, Mind, and Spirit

12 March 2016
Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

Videos of the presentations are now available for free viewing

8:30-9:00: Opening Session

Welcome
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
Symposium Organizing Committee

Introductory Remarks
Daniel C. Peterson
President, The Interpreter Foundation

9:00-10:15: Keynote Session

Keynote Session Introduction and Comments
Jani Radebaugh
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University

Keynote Address: Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance
Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ
Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-12:00: Body, Mind, and Spirit

Session Chair
Daniel C. Peterson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic, Brigham Young University

Dualism is Dead! Long Live Dualism!
James E. Faulconer
Richard L. Evans Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University

Is God More Like a Rock or the Idea of a Rock?
Stephen H. Webb (note on his recent passing)
Catholic theologian, author, and First Things columnist

Veiled in Flesh: An LDS Perspective on the Body
Camille Stilson Williams
Independent Scholar and former Administrative Director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Project at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

12:00-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-3:30: Brains, Genes, and Divine Anthropology

Session Chair
David H. Bailey
Symposium Organizing Committee
Senior Scientist (retired), Berkeley National Laboratory and Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis

The Burden We Cannot Bear: Humans as Deity in Late-Modern Culture
Samuel M. Brown
Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah/Intermountain Medical Center

All Abraham’s Children: A Genetic Perspective
Ugo A. Perego
Director of the Rome LDS Institute Campus and Visiting Scientist, University of Perugia

In the Visions of the Night: The Human Brain and Divine Revelation
Brant A. Gardner
Independent Scholar on the Book of Mormon and Mesoamerican studies

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: Artificial Intelligence Meets Natural Stupidity
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)