Hard to be a God
- Monday, March 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Brief introductory remarks and a post-film discussion will be provided by Professors Richard H. Durisen.
The topic of discussion will be the intersection of science and religion, the different views of how science and religion both conflict and merge to inform our world view, and how our perceptions of the value of science and religion evolve with time and differ from one society to another. The discussion may also touch on the role that each plays in defining the human experience, and how science fiction portrays both extremes - Hard to be a God shows a world in which science is suppressed, while other works portray worlds in which religion is absent but science reigns. Contrasting these visions and the conflicts these science fiction worlds experience provokes us to think about and understand more deeply the conflicts in our world today.
Richard H. Durisen
Emeritus Professor, Indiana University - Astronomy Department
Professor Durisen joined the IU Astronomy faculty in 1976. He received a B.S. in Physics from Fordham University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Princeton University in 1972. Professor Durisen has had extended research leaves at NASA-Ames Research Center as an NRC Research Associate and at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics as Fulbright Fellow and an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Awardee. He also has a long-standing interest in science fiction and film.