Here: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Oral Roberts University campus), June 15-16, 2012, abstracts due March 31, 2012.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Walter Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University, will be giving the plenary talks at this years’ conference!
About the Conference
In 2000, some of the world’s most eminent scientists and philosophers (including Walter Bradley, Simon Conway Morris, Alvin Plantinga, Michael Behe, and others) gathered together on the campus of Baylor University to discuss nature’s ultimate reality – in other words, its metaphysics. The resulting Nature of Nature conference sparked great discussions within many areas of science and philosophy. The goal of the Engineering and Metaphysics conference is to take the question one step further and ask, how does the ultimate reality of nature influence engineering practice, and what does the field of engineering have to say about the nature of reality?
Engineering deals not only with the equations that govern the basic building materials (whether they be structural, mechanical, electronic, or computational), but also with the larger scope of reality – namely the people who interact with them. This conference explores ways in which non-reductionistic views of humanity influence and impact engineering and design disciplines. It also considers how topics from the field of engineering might shed light on metaphysical questions. It covers aspects of humanity including creativity, intention, ritual, morality, and spirituality, and how they impact engineering design decisions. Find out more about engineering and metaphysics.