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The science of belief

History of science

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The British Museum

Overview

Join Professors Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish as they discuss how science is itself at the heart of being human, and can be traced back through art, philosophy and ancient stories, including those in religious traditions.

As part of the British Museum's 'Living with gods' exhibition

Humans, through time and across the world, have consistently expressed patterns of believing and belonging through shared narrative and practice.

In this discussion, chaired by award-winning journalist, writer and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed, scientists Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish examine how the cognitive impetus that drove the emergence of science might be considered to be the same impetus that fostered religion and other metaphysical beliefs.

This conversation will be chaired by award-winning journalist, writer and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed and is hosted in partnership with the British Museum as part of their 'Living with gods' exhibition.

Attending this event

  • This event is now sold out, please contact the British Museum for details on cancellations
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open at 6.00pm
  • Travel and accessibility information

For all enquiries, please contact events@royalsociety.org

The science of belief

Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish discuss the science of belief through philosophy, ancient stories and religious traditions.

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