‘Rise of the Intelligent Machines -Future Battleground’ Re:think Lecture

Bees are a blast and brighter than you might think, so bright that people have started modelling them for the design of autonomous drones that exploit artificial intelligence…. to swarm ‘like bees’. And what do developments in AI mean for the doctors of tomorrow, or for factory workers? Does Artificial Intelligence threaten the foundations of our society, or help solve some of society’s thorniest problems? Finally, how does a faith in a loving God fit into this picture? There’s one way to find out what this busy bee thinks, join me, Dr Kim Stansfield on the 10th Feb at 7:00 pm at the ‘The Hive’!!!!


Rise of the Intelligent Machines – Future Battleground? 10 Feb 2017

The talk is the 2nd in the Re:Think Worcester series of talks aimed at 16-25 year olds, but open to all ages of 13 and above. Entry is free and there will be Re:Freshments. It is presented by Dr Kim Stansfield, Senior Teaching Fellow in Systems Engineering at Warwick University.


8.00 pm Tuesday January 17, 2017

Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS

Dr Ian Holyer, Bristol University

Dr Ian Holyer, Bristol University

Not everyone who uses a computer simply to consult Google or read an email wants to know the fine details of computer science and technology, but there are aspects of the subject that would reward anyone trying to understand changes taking place in our society today. Dr Holyer will give a fascinating overview of how computers developed from the earliest stage, with some live demos of Turing machines and a discussion of the Game of Life – culminating in a great discussion of robots, free will in humans, and the positive or negative influence of God on free will.

There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. No previous knowledge of computers is required, and no prior booking. The meeting is expected to end about 9.40 pm. Coffee afterwards. Collection to meet costs.

8.00 pm Tuesday January 17, 2017

Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS

(Barbourne Terrace is the street almost opposite St George’s Square, on the left as you leave central Worcester.  Lindisfarne House is the first building on the right, and you can park off-road in front of the building). 


A video-based discussion session chaired by Jim Smith

Jim SmithTuesday  20th September, 8 pm at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS

Developments in Artificial Intelligence and Future Clean Energy Supply Requirements present two significant challenges  for humanity. How do we make the  relevant judgements and how does our faith speak to us about these things?

Affordable fast processing and large memory stores provide the opportunity for “Artificial Intelligence” applications which can relieve much human error and drudgery. However, jobs (even at professional levels) and security could be threatened and human value degraded. Could an evolving machine hierarchy threaten humanity (as envisaged by Hawking)?

The World Energy Council speaks of an energy  “ Trilemma” with the conflicting demands of Reliable Future Energy Supplies/Affordable Energy for All / Environmental Protection.

How do proposed solutions such as Enhanced Usage Efficiency, Fracking, Nuclear Generation, Renewables and Local Energy Storage figure in all this and is there new technology providing solutions on the horizon?  How do we make the judgements for the long term investments necessary?

The above two topics will be introduced with the help of videos. You are invited to come along and provide your input whether or not you have any prior knowledge. These topics are too important to be left to the technical experts alone.

Jim Smith is current chairman of Bible and Science Worcester. His background is in electrochemical energy generation and storage.


A Jubilee* World View – Climate and Environmental Choices

Rev Dr Paul Beetham Talk 17 March 2015

Rev Dr Paul Beetham Talk 17 March 2015

How do we keep the lights on without wrecking the planet? Can the world support everybody enjoying our current lifestyle? What effect is our lifestyle having on planet Earth and what are our responsibilities in caring for God’s creation? Continue reading

The Myth of Self-Esteem

How do people generally keep up their spirits and their self-esteem? Often by shopping, or “retail therapy”. By choosing the right car or clothes. Sometimes by trying to become rich, or famous. Prof Glynn Harrison of Bristol University, a Christian psychiatrist,  will tell us how psychiatrists have studied self-esteem as a determining factor in modern life, since the concept emerged in the 1960s.
Prof Glynn Harrison Poster, 18 November 2014

Prof Glynn Harrison Poster, 18 November 2014

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Life After Data? My Paradigm Shift

Have you ever said to yourself ‘surely a scientific view of the world prevents you from believing in a loving, creator God’ or ‘If there is a God, I’m sure He’s not interested in my professional life’. Or, as for many scientists, have you asked the big question, ‘Is there evidence for God?’.  If so  then we highly recommend you come along to listen to a talk by Professor Sir Roy Peacock on Tuesday 21st October, at 8.00 pm at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS.

Poster Roy Peacock 21 October 2014 Short KS

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Did Evolution have to end with Human Beings?

Are we becoming more intelligent, bigger, stronger, more savage, or what – in short, are we still evolving? If so – should we regard ourselves as simply some accidental by-product of nature? At the final Bible and Science Worcester Talk in our current series, Simon Conway Morris, a Christian and Professor of Palaeobiology at Cambridge University argues not.

Are Humans Still Evolving

Prof Simon Conway Morris Talk 18 March 2014

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Genes, Determinism and God 19 November 2013

Dr Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, will be presenting on ‘Genes, Determinism and God’, at the next Bible and Science Worcester talk on 19th November 2013. Dr Alexander will seek to cover the following issues. Please download and display the poster for this event, Denis Alexander – 19 Nov 13, or read on for more information. Continue reading

Addiction – The Divided Self! 15 October 2013

Invitation Summary to Prof Chris Cook

Addiction – The Divided Self: 15 October 2013

Addiction – A Broad Phenomenon

Addiction is a very broad phenomenon, from noted examples of physical dependence on drugs, alcohol and nicotine, to the possibly more psychological addictions to gambling, hoarding junk, compulsive shopping, etc.  No previous generation has been exposed to the commercial advertising pressures we face today, or the pressure to conform sometimes exerted through social networking.

 The Speaker – Professor Chris Cook

Professor Chris Cook of Durham University is both a psychiatrist and a university chaplain, being attached to the theology Department.

Psychiatric Models of Addiction & Spiritual Insights

He will describe current psychiatric models of addiction and look at the possible spiritual roots and the insights he gains from his Christian faith.  He may help us to understand people who have experienced pressures we have fortunately been spared, but which drove others to addictive behaviour. Why not invite someone along who wants to ditch their own habit? It won’t be a cure, but it could be a start.

The evening will be split into three short sessions, with time for questions.  You do not need to be either a scientist or a Christian to participate – we aim to make the evenings accessible to all.

A Brief Introduction To Professor Cook

Professor Cook trained first in medicine, at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1981, and then specialised as a postgraduate in psychiatry at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’s, also in London. He has been a Lecturer at University College, London (1987 to 1990) and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London (1994 to 1997) as well as being Professor of the Psychiatry of Alcohol Misuse at the University of Kent from 1997 to 2003.  He is also an ordained Anglican priest with an MA in Applied Theology, and is currently Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Durham University.

His studies have looked at the genetic effects upon the predisposition to alcohol misuse and dependence, as well at treatment approaches, such as those based in the mutual help movement, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and those with religious roots, as well as those that are more medically based.

See http://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/staff/?username=dth0ccc for more information.

You can down-load the poster giving details of the meeting using this Chris Cook – 15 Oct 13 v2. Please print off and display in your church or place of work.