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Wonder and Knowledge

A region of the observable universe as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope

On September 30th the Crossroads Cultural Center held a conference called Wonder and Knowledge that focused on “the origin of the universe in science and philosophy and the role of wonder in scientific discovery.”

It was co-sponsored by the Columbia Catholic Ministry and the CSSR. Our very own Professor Pollack gave a captivating introduction concerning the human experience, using examples spanning from Biblical texts, to molecular biology, to poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Pollack’s introduction was followed by the inspired talks of Dr. Marco Bersanelli and Fr. Michal Kazimierz Heller. Their discussion did nothing if not inspire awe and wonder. They left few stones unturned, touching on cosmology, theology, philosophy, and physics, among other fields, in order to create a fascinating juxtaposition of the known and the unknown.

This talk is directed towards anyone living within our universe who has an interest in its origin and subsequent growth.

If you count yourself among these multitudes, click on the link below to read a transcript of the entire lecture.

http://www.crossroadsculturalcenter.org/storage/transcripts/2009-09-30-Wonder.pdf
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