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Models of Reality

June 25, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


In this presentation, Prof. Karen Gipson will investigate what physics and buddhism have to say about the nature of conceptual models, drawing upon examples from the history of science and from everyday life. In the process, underlying assumptions of various belief systems – including materialist philosophy – will be explored. The discussion is intended to foster genuinely free thinking by inviting listeners from all backgrounds to become more aware of the limits of conceptual models and the role of faith in one’s personal belief framework.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About karen Gipson, PhD

Associate Professor of Physics, Physics Department Chair, Grand Valley State University

Karen Gipson is an Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department at Grand Valley State University. She has been a serious student of both physics and buddhism for over 30 years. She has a Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University and is currently employed at Grand ValleyState University, where she continues to deepen her understanding of physics through teaching and research. Following extensive zen/vipassana training in Japan and in the USA, she took precepts in the Order of Interbeing and subsequently helped establish two sanghas, including the Mindfulness Meditation Community of Grand Rapids, where she currently practices meditation and studies the dharma. Her research interests focus on Acoustics and the Philosophy of Science. She has presented numerous studies at the Meetings of the Acoustical Society of America and has received awards for her work with undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University. Gipson was the 2008 recipient of the Women’s Impact Award and is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.