Is Science the New Religion?
DATE / TIME
9 Nov, Sat
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VENUEAsian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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This session is in English
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
Yuval Noah Harari theorized that religion is humankind’s greatest invention. But do spiritual belief and faith still have a place in this age of science and technology? This conversation considers the relationships between science fiction, science, faith, hyperreality, and the future of humankind.
Stanley Chen Qiufan
Chen Qiufan (Stanley Chan), author of Waste Tide, is a Chinese speculative fiction writer and translator. He is known for his stylistic combination of science fiction realism and the new wave. His works have been translated into many languages and received multiple domestic and international awards.
JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, The Descent of Monsters and The Ascent to Godhood). Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda Literary, and World Fantasy Awards, while their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons. JY is queer, non-binary, and lives in Singapore. Find them online at http://jyyang.com, or on Twitter: @halleluyang.
Photo credit: Chris Kammerud
Tony Estrella is a global influencer and fiction writer with experiences working in Asia, the US, and Europe as board director, start-up founder, investor, corporate innovation leader, and strategic advisor. He is a frequent global speaker and has been featured by the BBC. Comatose – his debut novel about lucid dreaming - was selected as a semi-finalist by the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition in the US. He is also a guest lecturer at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BSE in EE from the University of Pennsylvania.Tony Estrella is featured in the following SWF event(s):