Earlier this month, the society’s Executive Director, Tom Woodward, interviewed Oxford mathematician John Lennox. That was as wonderful as you would expect.
“Is it plausible any longer to view our cosmos as coming from chance interactions of matter and energy — from ‘pure dumb luck’?”
I remember having an exchange with Tom about the meaning of his last name, which seems to correspond to the Biblical place name Beth El, meaning “House of God.”
Much of the difficulty here arises in the differing standards that different disciplines have for what constitutes an “explanation.”
“I was pitched to debate Sam Harris. That didn’t come off. I’m a bit sorry that didn’t happen.”