When the Lubavitcher Rebbe blessed Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar and Professor Herman Branover for organizing the First Miami International Torah & Science Conference, he circled the word “relativity” in the conference subtitle. The Rebbe noted that Einstein’s research probed the nature of light. Just as the speed of physical light provides a measure of absoluteness to the physical world, the light of the Torah commandments, invoked by kindling the Chanukkah candles, signifies another level of absoluteness. Thus the First Miami Torah & Science Conference was held during Chanukkah of 1987 at the Sheraton Hotel of Bal Harbour. Its proceedings, entitledFusion, were published in 1990 by Feldheim Publishers. The Second Miami Torah & Science Conference was held at the same venue on December 24-26, 1989.
Join us for four thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting days with leading rabbis, scholars, researchers, and scientists of all varieties – natural science, social science, behavioral science.
XIIth International Conference on Torah and Science. The Shul – Surfside, FL
December 21-24, 2017
RSVP Shabbat Dinner https://www.theshul.org/tscdinner#
Conference: Nature and/or Nurture – Intellect, Emotion, Behavior and Ethics
Moderator: Professor Nathan Katz
Thursday, December 21st
7:00 PM – 7:20 PM Opening
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar “Alter Rebbe’s Perspective on Nature vs. Nurture”
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Panel 1. Neuroscience – Hard wiring and software
- Professor Daniel A. Drubach, M.D. “Neuroscience of Free Will and Freedom of Choice”
- Professor Kenneth M. Heilman, M.D. “Jewish Creativity: Possible Brain Mechanisms”
- Professor Barry Baumel, M.D. “Mindfulness: The Placebo Effect and Faith”
Friday, December 22nd
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Professor Mordechai Olesky, M.A. “The Blueprint of Creation and the Blueprint of Life: Locating the Template of Genesis in the Structure of DNA”
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Panel 2. Free Will and Determinism – Culture, Sociology and Psychology
- Professor Joseph Jacobson ‘The Near Future of Autonomous Vehicles, Robots and Artificially Intelligent Systems and their Halachic Implications”
- Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer “Nature vs. Nurture from Eden”
- Ira Bedzow “Free Will, Determinism, and Cognitive Pluralism in Halachic Living Judaism”
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Coffee Break
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM KEYNOTE
Professor Yaakov Friedman, “Unification of Laws of Nature by Extending Relativity”
Shabbat Dinner: Professor Nathan Aviezer, “Do Human Beings Have Free Will?”
Professor John D. Loike, M.D. “Biotechnology to generate Parve cloned cheesburgers“
Advance reservations required https://www.theshul.org/tscdinner#
Saturday, December 23rd
9:00 AM Shacharis
Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg M.D.
12:00 PM Kiddush
12:30 PM Fabrenguen Lunch
Dr. Yaakov Friedman
5:00 PM Mincha / Maariv
Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, M.D.
Rabbi Chaim Miller
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Panel 3. DNA, Identity, and Forensic Sciences.
- Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, M.D. “DNA Identification – Halachic Perspectives”
- Professor John D. Loike “Tampering with the Human Genome”
Sunday, December 24th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM WORKSHOP
Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, M.D. “Halacha and Abortion – Reading the Sources”
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Panel 4. Does Trauma Affect our Destiny?
- Professor Vera Schwarcz “Beneath the Monumental Past: Re-Thinking Historical Trauma for a Jewish and Chinese Perspective”
- Norman Goldwasser “The Neurobiology of Trauma: Clinical and Innovative Treatment Considerations.”
- Rabbi Chaim Miller “Consequences of Traumatic Events from a Torah Perspective and the Role of Free Will”
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Coffee and Snacks
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM WORKSHOP
Dr. Arthur Agaston, M.D.
Dr. Alan Rozanski M.D.
“Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Optimal Health”