“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind,” Albert Einstein once remarked. But where can the resonances he discerned be found? Can we take the genius of general relativity at his word, in a world often dominated by narratives of conflict between science and religion? Think-Write-Publish Science and Religion, a new project at Arizona State University, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will explore how the two domains describe reality in ways that are mutually reinforcing.
The winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize will be announced on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 am EST at a news conference in London, which will be webcast live at www.templetonprize.org.
Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and founder of A Network For Grateful Living, is nearly 90 years old. He has witnessed many of the painful and tragic events of the twentieth century. And yet, as he shared in a recent Foundation-sponsored episode of Krista Tippett’s On Being, his commitment to gratitude is undiminished.
Sinai and Synapses is a project that launched two years ago by Rabbi Geoff Mitelman to bridge the gap between science and religion and explore big questions through both perspectives. Now, two initiatives aimed at deepening the engagement between Jewish thought and modern science have been launched by the organization.
Replication lies at the heart of the scientific method: experimental results must be independently verified to strengthen the credibility of the findings. That’s the theory. But what of the practice? Brian Nosek, a John Templeton Foundation grantee and co-founder of the Center for Open Science (COS), is putting the practice to the test.
As part of the John Templeton Foundation’s continuous improvement to our grantmaking process, we are pleased to announce two (2) distinct grant application programs in 2016.
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What does it mean to be an observer? Many problems in physics and cosmology include the involvement of observers, but without defining what an objective observer is and how subjectivity is avoided. The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) is awarding a total of $2 million for research projects examining this issue in an ambitious new program,“Physics of the Observer,” supported by the John Templeton Foundation.
The new streamlined nomination form for 2017 Templeton Prize candidates is now open and available online on the Prize website, www.templetonprize.org. The form has been updated to be more comprehensive and user-friendly.