Title

"Heretics or Scientists: The Martyrs of Truth"

Date

6-1-2017 9:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 9:15 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

English, Writing and Linguistics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Tandy Tillinghast-Voit

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The quest for knowledge and understanding has been in the heart of the hominid since the beginning of our conscious mind. From the first use of tools, to landing on the moon, as a species humans solve problems we never knew we had. On this search for answers we become increasingly aware. Yet, on this path to knowledge, “the seeker” has often been persecuted for questioning the status quo, and in turn, labeled a heretic. A heretic is defined as “one who differs from an accepted belief of doctrine” (“Heretic”). This character in modern times is also known by another, more sinister name—the scientist. Scientists have died for their beliefs and in effect become “martyrs” for questioning a “truth.” These individuals often redefine and extend the boundaries of our collective minds. Through science and the use of the scientific method, humans have solved an inconceivable number of problems they have faced, both real and perceived, and have now proven we are in fact damaging the earth, our home. Scientists’ current research has shown that the burning of fossil fuels and over consumption is unsustainable and will result in global catastrophe.

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Jun 1st, 9:00 AM Jun 1st, 9:15 AM

"Heretics or Scientists: The Martyrs of Truth"

WUC Willamette Room

The quest for knowledge and understanding has been in the heart of the hominid since the beginning of our conscious mind. From the first use of tools, to landing on the moon, as a species humans solve problems we never knew we had. On this search for answers we become increasingly aware. Yet, on this path to knowledge, “the seeker” has often been persecuted for questioning the status quo, and in turn, labeled a heretic. A heretic is defined as “one who differs from an accepted belief of doctrine” (“Heretic”). This character in modern times is also known by another, more sinister name—the scientist. Scientists have died for their beliefs and in effect become “martyrs” for questioning a “truth.” These individuals often redefine and extend the boundaries of our collective minds. Through science and the use of the scientific method, humans have solved an inconceivable number of problems they have faced, both real and perceived, and have now proven we are in fact damaging the earth, our home. Scientists’ current research has shown that the burning of fossil fuels and over consumption is unsustainable and will result in global catastrophe.