Featured speaker Jennifer Wiseman

2021 Society of Catholic Scientists Conference

Date and Time:June 04, 2021 7:30 PM — to June 06, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Organizer:Society of Catholic Scientists

BioLogos board member Jennifer Wiseman will present the banquet address for the 2021 Society for Catholic Scientists Conference taking place in Washington, DC on June 4-6, 2021. Exact times and other details are TBD.

“The title of the conference is “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human.” The conference talks will focus primarily on various kinds of real or hypothetical intelligences that are not human or biologically related to humans, especially extraterrestrial intelligence and artificial intelligence. What does science say about the prospects of extraterrestrial intelligence existing? Would such beings be likely to be similar to us and have similar minds? What would be the implications for Catholic theology? Is artificial intelligence possible? Would it truly have “intellect” What would be its theological implications? These and other questions will be discussed by members of the SCS and other eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines. There will also be talks on other topics.

The Banquet speaker will be Jennifer Wiseman. In addition, there will be six contributed talks on the theme of the conference and other topics, which will be selected from submitted abstracts. There will also be two Poster Sessions, one for presentations related to the theme of the conference, and one for presentations on other topics, which may be connected in some way to the relation of science and faith, or about the presenter’s own research. ”

This event is hosted by the Society of Catholic Scientists.

Featured speaker

Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer J. Wiseman is an astrophysicist, author, and speaker. She studies the formation of stars and planets in our galaxy using radio, infrared, and optical telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics for her bachelor’s degree at MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. After earning her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1995, she continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wiseman also has an interest in national science policy and has served as an American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow on Capitol Hill. She is currently a senior astrophysicist with NASA, and she also directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wiseman enjoys giving talks on the excitement of science and astronomy to schools, youth and church groups, and civic organizations. She is a former Councilor of the American Astronomical Society and a former President of the American Scientific Affiliation.