Reason versus Faith – Goldstein and Pinker in Bath

Thursday 4th March 2010

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 12 noon
  • Start time 8pm

What happens when a novelist and philosopher talks to a cognitive neuroscientist about faith, reason, fiction, and God?

Listen in as Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker explore what Spinoza would say about Darwin, what role fiction should play in intellectual life, whether any of the arguments for the existence of God are any good, and other topics at the interface of literature, science, and philosophy.

Rebecca Goldstein is both an award winning novelist and a professor of philosophy. Her books confront serious moral and philosphical questions in a style ”compassionate, original, captivating and riotously funny”. In, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Goldstein covers intelectual ground with humour, charm and originality. She will be joined by Stephen Pinker, the renowned psychologist and cogintive neuroscientist who will offer his thoughts on this and the clash between reason faith.