Judaism, Science & Medicine Group

The Judaism, Science and Medicine Group (JSMG) is an international organization of natural and social scientists, philosophers, historians, physicians, rabbis, theologians and educators who act to promote and facilitate a close relationship between Jewish religion, cultures and values, and the sciences, for the mutual benefit of both. The group creates forums for dialogue between scientists, healthcare professionals and scholars of Judaism, fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects and develops educational materials about the interrelation of Judaism and the sciences.

To become a member of the group, please contact the Center for Jewish Studies.

Sixth Annual Meeting of the JSMG

sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University
University Club
on the ASU Tempe campus | 425 East University Drive, Tempe, Arizona | Free Parking

conference reservation form | printable conference program (PDF)


Lunch (speakers & invited guests)

1 p.m.

1:15 p.m.   
Session 1 | Emergence: Religion as a Superorganism
Shade Shutters | Arizona State University

2:15 p.m.   
Sacred Commitments: How Religious Ritual Binds Communities to Sacred Values
Matt Rossano | Southeastern Louisiana University

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
The Emergence of Autonomous Agency at Many Levels
Terrence Deacon | University of California, Berkeley

4:30 p.m.
Session 4 | Emergence in Durkheim and Rappaport - the View from Religious Studies
Paul Cassell | Arizona State University

5:30 p.m.
Discussion of the day’s presentations
Moderator: Ben Hurlbut | Arizona State University

6:15 p.m.
Dinner (speakers & invited guests)


8 a.m.
Breakfast (speakers & invited guests)

9 a.m.
Session 5 | A Few Thoughts about Morphology and Emergence
Yair Lior | Boston University

10 a.m.
Session 6 | Category Mistakes in the Scientific and Unscientific Study of Judaism: Medieval and Modern Perspectives
Kalman Bland | Duke University

11 a.m.
Session 7 | The Metaphysics of Emergence in Religion
Robert Neville | Boston University

12 p.m.
Summary and Discussion
Moderator: Norbert Samuelson | Arizona State University

12:45 p.m.
Lunch (speakers & invited guests)

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