This isn’t the philosophy you’re looking for

I took the tube downtown to the university tonight to find out what building and room my philosophy class was in – and found that it was cancelled. I’d received no notification, no refund.

I was very disappointed, but there was no one from the registrar’s office to yell at at that hour. I turned to come home. Then I realised that it would now take until the end of next December to complete my philosophy certificate. Maybe there’s another course I can take, I thought.

I looked at the rolling video display of course listings. There were two philosophy courses at the same time. One was History of Western Philosophy, which I’ve already taken. The other was Science and Religion.

Ah ha.

Science and Religion wasn’t on the course list when I made my selections last year. If it had been, I might’ve chosen it; it’s right up my alley. And I knew that it was being taught by the same lecturer who did my epistemology course last autumn.

I wandered to that building, and met the lecturer on his way in.

“I didn’t know you were taking this course,” he says.

“Neither did I,” I say.

He let me sit in. It was quite interesting, and it’ll be an acceptable class to round out my certificate requirement. Here’s the summary:

Science and Religion

Can religious claims be evaluated scientifically? Does science have religious implications? We will examine in a philosophical way the main theoretical issues in the interaction between religion and science. We will explore approaches to science demonstrated by a variety of religious traditions.

I’ll ring the registrar tomorrow and switch over to that course.

As it turns out, there were two other people from my epistemology course that are also taking this class. And – joy – one of them was Global Warming Guy. When the prof asked each of us what we want to get out of the course, he said – as always – that he wants to understand science and religion as they apply to global warming. Somehow.