'The Uncertainty of Certainty'

'The Uncertainty of Certainty'

Series Name Haldane Society Public Lecture
Speaker Sir Mark Tully
Type Lectures & Talks
When 04 Jun 2014, 06:00PM - 07:00PM
Venue Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Vicky Orson-Wright, vow@le.ac.uk, 0116 252 2142

Sir Mark’s lecture entitled “The Uncertainty of Certainty” will be based on his recent book “India's Unending Journey”.

He said: "I will discuss the need to accept uncertainty in life and in particular in religion. From what I see as Indic religions' greater willingness to accept uncertainty than Abrahamic religions' I have learnt that there can be different ways to God. Accepting uncertainty also involves rejection of any form of fundamentalism. It makes religions more prepared to accept that we live in an ever changing world and to make changes in doctrine and traditions that are necessary as science reveals more and more about the world we live in and who we are.

"This does not of course involve a total surrender to science but rather accommodating it. Accepting uncertainty should prevent taking theories too far in every field of life and this should lead to following the middle road. For instance in economics finding an economic middle road between socialism and market capitalism. In institutions the middle road would mean stepping back from the current dominant culture which believes in exalting a very narrow concept of efficiency above all other considerations, and sees financial results as the sole measure of success. I will suggest that this culture is not just prevalent in the business world.”

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