Alderman Stacks

EGMT 1520: Boundaries of Knowledge in the Universe


What happens inside black holes? What caused the Big Bang? Are there other dimensions? Despite major technological advances of the last century, we still know shockingly little about the universe in which we live. This Engagements course will explore why we think we know what we do, why we don’t know what we don’t, and the fundamental strengths and limits of empirical inquiry.  The class will be grounded in epistemological understandings of knowledge, and discussions will focus on the borderlands between science, theology, and philosophy.  Throughout the 7 weeks, students will be charged with nurturing their curiosity, and challenged to ask meaningful questions.