Heyendaal Open Circle on Science and Religion
Radboud University Nijmegen
The Heyendaal Open Circle on Science and Religion is dedicated to exploring the interface between science and religion from a multi-/inter-disciplinary approach. The program serves as a thematic umbrella program to bring together a number of current and prospective activities to the Heyendaal Institute at the University of Nijmegen. The activities of the Heyendaal Open Circle produce collaborative papers for publication and presentation at professional meetings, as well as in materials responsibly prepared and in appropriate format for dissemination to the broader, non-academic public (e.g., through the popular media). This latter body of work, resulting from the exchange in the program, will constitute the primary content for the public outreach activities of this society. Themes planned for exploration include methodological issues in the interaction of science and religion, methodological issues concerning religion as the object of scientific study, and conceptual and interpretive issues in the scientific study of religious experience. Topical foci include methodology in the science and religion dialogue, neuroscience, self-organization in science, and medical sciences. Matching funds are provided by a private donation.