First World Congress for the Synthesis of Science and Religion

Bombay (Mumbai), India - January 9-14, 1986

Thirty-five eminent scholars from many fields of science and theology were invited speakers.

Some Session Themes, Speakers and Talk Titles

The Need for Synthesis

  • George Wald, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1967

    The Cosmology of Life and Mind

  • HH The Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureate, Peace, 1989

    The Need for Synthesis

  • Karan Singh, Former Minister of Education, Govt. of India

    Religion, Science, and the Future of Mankind

Historical Perspectives

  • Harvey Cox, School of Divinity, Harvard University

    A Lovers’ Quarrel: The Story of Religion and Science in the West

  • Ernan McMullin, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

    The Impact of the Theory of Evolution on Western Religious Thought

  • William R. Shea, Dept. of Philosophy, McGill University, Montreal

    Reassessing the Scientific Revolution and Its Religious Inspiration

Search for the Perennial

  • Huston Smith, (Formerly) Dept. of Religion, MIT, Massachusetts

    The Conceptual Crisis in the Modern West

  • Eileen Barker, London School of Economics, England

    A Marriage Through Divorce, Relationships between Science and Values

Physics and Beyond 

  • Raja Ramanna, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, India

    Chairing Panel Discussion on Physics and Beyond

  • E.C.G. Sudarshan, Dept. of Physics, U. of Texas at Austin, Texas

    Man and the Cosmos: A Physicist’s Viewpoint

Mind, Brain, and Consciousness

  • J. Weizenbaum, Dept. of Computer Science, MIT, Massachusetts

    The Computer as Idol

  • John Searle, Dept. of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

    Turing the Chinese Room

  • Ravi Gomatam, Bhaktivedanta Institute, San Francisco

    Real and Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Hierarchical Model of Consciousness, Intelligence, Mind and Body

Basis for the Unity of All Religions

  • Lamin Sanneh, Harvard University


Over 2000 registered delegates attended and participated in the deliberations of the Congress.

Proceedings volume published (see publications).