7 April 2020

Magic, science, religion: Can they coexist?

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Join our expert speakers to discuss the ways in which magic, science and religion are all connected.

The speakers will explore the idea that these very different areas can be seen as ways to understand the same thing: how the world works and our place within it.

Have your say and question the experts on your own beliefs and attitudes to the big questions in life!


Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol
Ronald Hutton is an English historian who specialises in Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and contemporary Paganism. He has written 14 books and has appeared on British television and radio.

Christopher French, Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths
Christopher French is a British psychologist specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences. He is the head of the University of London’s Anomalistic psychology research unit and appears regularly in the media as an expert on testing paranormal claims.

Laura Frude, Researcher of Buddhist Literature, University of Bristol
Laura Frude has recently completed a research masters (MPhil) at the University of Bristol that explores the nature of the relationship between magic and religious ritual within Theravāda Buddhist Literature. Her research also looks at the role of language and speech in magical acts.


Part of the event programme accompanying our Do you believe in magic? exhibition.

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