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Hinduism and the Beginning of the Universe

Series
Mind Matters
Host
Michael Egnor
Guest
Michael Egnor and Arjuna Gallagher
Duration
00:13:37
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Does the universe have a beginning, or is it eternal? Are the creation stories found in Hinduism meant to be taken literally, or are their texts meant to be understood another way? Dr. Michael Egnor and Arjuna Gallagher discuss these issues and much more as they explore Hinduism’s understanding of the creation of the universe.

Show Notes

  • 00:05 | Introducing Arjuna Gallagher
  • 00:34 | Hinduism and the Creation of the Universe
  • 02:03 | Are Hindu creation stories meant to be taken literally or are they allegories?
  • 03:07 | Hinduism, Quantum Mechanics, and General Relativity
  • 07:28 | Hinduism and Plato’s Theory of Forms
  • 08:59 | Hinduism and Intelligent Design

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Michael Egnor

Senior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
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intelligent design
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Plato's Form
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