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Greyfriars Kirk

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Join Alastair McIntosh, Prof Liz Grant & Prof Wilson Poon to explore the questions we should be asking as we seek a sustainable future.

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Do scientific knowledge or faith make us wiser? In pursuit of knowledge and truth, how do we determine what questions should be asked of researchers and ourselves? Whose contribution should be sought? These talks explore how we can anticipate and be ready for challenges that will arise, to help us seek the way toward a sustainable world for us all.

Tickets: Suggested donation to attend this event in person at the Kirk £8. Suggested donation to watch by livestream, i.e. online only, £5. Please pay what you can. All welcome.

Refreshments: There will be a short interval before the third session, with tea and coffee available.

Drinks Reception 6:30-7:30pm: Please join us to enjoy some refreshment and discussion inspired by the day’s talks, with fellow attendees, speakers and the Greyfriars team.

Educating 21st C Scientific Citizens in Wisdom, Prof. WILSON POON FRSE, Chair of Natural Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

What is wisdom and how is it taught? In a world where perceptions of a his-torical tension often exist between science and spirituality, what is the role of education in developing wisdom today? This talk explores sources of wis-dom, their relevance for scientific and other research, and why an emphasis on the teaching of wisdom is important for today’s citizens participating in society through work, study and other forms of engagement.

Fundamental to Flourishment: The Science & Practice of Com-passion. Prof. LIZ GRANT FRSE, Assistant Principal, Director of Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh

Compassion is a multifaceted concept: a skill, a value, a worldview, a way of being, a force for change and much more. What effect does compassion have? How can it be measured? How and why is evidence of compassion impacting how society is organised? The Compassion Initiative brings sci-ence and practise together, exploring how compassion brings about local change and change across the Sustainable Development Goals shaping the care of people and planet.

Climate Science & Healing of the Nations. ALASTAIR MCINTOSH, environmental campaigner, spiritual activist, author

Alastair weaves climate science and exploration of its nature into a developing narrative illustrated by real-life and mythical stories. The issues of our time invite us to a radical deepening of community, which might be termed a “healing of the nations”. Biblical and Jungian analysis illustrate that the socio-political processes involved echo the individual’s journey of self-realisation (Jung’s “individuation”), and are essential for the ability to stand apart from unconscious forces of the time, deepening our understanding and grounding in the divine, to participate in the healing.

For those attending in-person at the Kirk: seating will be arranged with social distancing, please wear a face mask while moving around the building (unless you are exempt for medical or other approved reasons) and respect other people’s space.

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Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a place to celebrate the arts, events, and exhibitions, as well as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

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