3 Cultures Group
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
The program is a multi-lateral, open and public dialog between three dominant cultures: scientific, Judeo-Christian, and Buddhist. Together, these cultures constitute the major schemata of belief in contemporary society. Each have robust answers to the deepest questions about humanity and nature: biological and cosmological evolution, mind and matter, nature and consciousness, and human nature. Their “answers” are different, but they also have common factors; more importantly, there is much room for synergy. Guided by the idea that science and religion together can do more for a livable world than they could separately, the program facilitates public events and group discussion – inviting leading national experts in various fields of science and theology to explore each other’s fields and perspectives. Society members will grapple with such questions such as: Is prayer just meditation? Does the Universe evolve? What is the role of religion in an age of science? Is there evidence for transcendence? Is the soul eternal? How can religion help improve mental health? Society members will study the latest research in theology, Buddhist scholarship, and the sciences on these issues, and will invite experts to make presentations to members at meetings that will be free and open to the public. Matching funds are provided by Eötvös University, through grants received by society chair, Dr. George Kampis.