THE UNIVERSE AND US. THE ASTROPHYSICIST SIBYLLE ANDERL IN DIALOGUE WITH PAOLO COSTA

10 June 2022

The covid-19 pandemic has brought many scientists into the spotlight, prompting people to reflect on the special role played by science in both people’s practical life and moral horizons today. Of all the natural sciences, astronomy is probably the most special. It certainly is the one that most radically changed the traditional view of cosmos and of our place in it.

On Tuesday, June 14, the German astrophysicist and philosopher Sibylle Anderl, author of Das Universum und Ich (München 2017), will talk with Paolo Costa, a researcher at the FBK’s Center for Religious Sciences, about the relationship between the mind-blowing things that astrophysics teaches us daily about the cosmos and the doubts, hopes, and deep-rooted values with which ordinary people’s life is imbued.

If it is true that the modern Scientific Revolution has made any anthropocentric or anthropomorphic view of nature unlikely, does this mean that we can no longer expect the cognitive advances of science to go hand in hand with a growth in wisdom? Or does there still remain room for a renewed alliance between knowledge and wisdom?