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Sunday, February 1 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Ten Plagues and Science as a Way of Knowing
I will begin by reminding us that the background for the plagues is a conflict of two world views: that God has delegated to the constellations running the world (Pharaoh) and that God is deeply involved in the world (Moses). Then, I will show a novel organization of the plagues (done by my colleague Tammi Benjamin and me, and published in Judaism in 1999, available at my web site) into two parallel series. One series consists of plagues that are predicted and the other of plagues that are not preceded with forewarning. After a brief analysis of these series, I will explain that this is exactly how modern science also proceeds and will close by speculating about the relationship between the Bible and modern scientific philosophy.

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Marc Mangel

Marc Mangel is Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducts research in ecology and evolutionary biology and weekly studies Chabad philosophy with the rabbi for the Chabad Student Center at UCSC. He has a long-standing... Read More →

Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School