A series of dialogues “between science, philosophy, theology and art” will take place at the Aula Magna of Sophia, from January 12 to May 19, 2018. The initiative is also recognized by M.I.U.R as fulfilling the ongoing education requirements for personnel in the Italian school system.
The fourth dimension is a fascinating metaphor that is not so distant from our daily lives. It touches upon the unity of the cosmos and its interconnectedness. It serves as a category for a new way of thinking to help us understand the rapports of unity that hold the universe together, by helping us search deep within ourselves to discover a more mature understanding of relationships, that can guide our choices and offer us a prospective that help decide our current and future society.
It is a not a flight into fantasy associated with the Star Wars’ saga. Rather it expresses the clear vision of Piero Pasolini (1917-1981), an Italian physicist who had a passion for dialogue between faith and science, inspired by some intuitions of Chiara Lubich (foundress of the Focolare Movement and the Sophia University Institute).
This potent vision that brings together numerous cultural, social and theological aspects of our understanding of reality will be presented in a series of eight lectures that will be held, under the auspices of the Cattedra Piero Pasolini, in the Aula Magna of Sophia from January 12 to April 27, 2018, and will conclude with a workshop on 19 May, 2018. It is the second lecture series following on last year’s program entitled “From Big Bang to Big Mystery” that took place during the Spring 2017 semester. More than a hundred people attended each lecture.
This year there is another novelty. This program, offered by Sophia, has now be recognized by the Minister for Education as an institute where teachers and administrators in the Italian school system can fulfill their annual professional development requirements as mandated by M.I.U.R.(DM 170/2016). To this end, if you qualify and want to avail of this program you can register online through the Ministry and pay using your teachers identity card.
“It is a cultural initiative – explains Paul O’Hara, professor of “Ontologia e Razionalità scientifica” and director of the Cattedra Piero Pasolini – which has great value. This year’s program has an important objective, which in the spirit of Sophia’s interdisciplinary approach, is to reflect on some important themes which at times have been (wrongly) marginalized. This also has a special meaning for me personally. I met Piero Pasolini many years ago and was impressed by the originality of his thought. This year, I hope that our exploration of the “fourth dimension” will help us enlarge our understanding of spacetime, and go beyond the common sense meaning which dominates our daily understanding and actions, and open us up to a wider horizon.”
The fourth dimension is a physics concept that originated with Albert Einstein when he formulated the Theory of Relativity. He realized that in order to avoid certain paradoxes connected with motion it was necessary to think of space and time not as two independent realities but as a single entity, which came to be known as “spacetime.” It is a four-dimensional reality. In subsequent years, Piero Pasolini used the expression not only in its mathematical sense but within the context of a wider human horizon.
Here you can see the program, dates and registration: Cattedra Piero Pasolini_Sophia2018. We look forward to seeing you.