Science and Religious Conflict

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Philosophy

Abstract

The past decade has seen an explosion in empirical work on moral reasoning. We are coming to understand how people's moral judgments are shaped by interactions with others in their society. There are good reasons for thinking that people's moral judgements are mostly intuitive (recent empirical work by Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators supports this view) and that people's intuitions are powerfully shaped by the institutions around them, including religious institutions. There is also evidence that deeply religious societies may conceive of morality in ways that more secular societies find difficult to understand, making the process of overcoming moral differences very challenging.

We will investigate this recent work, in cognitive science, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and social psychology to try to understand the behaviour of people involved in disagreements about religious matters, including disagreements between distinct religious groups, disagreements within particular religious groups and disagreements between religious groups and a broader society.

We will try to understand whether moral differences reflect religious disagreements, or whether they are independent of them. Our aim is to help develop policies that can enable religious disagreements to be resolved before conflicts are generated. In order to achieve this goal we need to understand how religious perspectives give rise to moral views that lead to conflicts and how there might be scope to resolve those conflicts while allowing religious differences to be tolerated.

Publications

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Burch-Brown, J (2017) Religion and Reducing Prejudice in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

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Campbell, Heidi A.; Looy, Heather (2009) A Science and Religion Primer

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Clarke S (2009) Naturalism, Science and the Supernatural in Sophia

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Clarke S (2011) Introducing Transformative Technologies into Democratic Societies in Philosophy & Technology

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Clarke S (2013) When they believe in miracles. in Journal of medical ethics

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Clarke S (2009) Scientific Imperialism and the Proper Relations between the Sciences in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 
Description Our project has resulted in a broad range of outputs, including two monographs, an edited book, a series of papers in scholarly journals and chapters in edited collections, as well as blog posts and media reports. The following are our key findings:

Two related key findings are exemplified in the papers collected in Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: a Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, edited by Steve Clarke, Russell Powell and Julian Savulescu, Oxford, Oxford University Press, in press. Here it is shown that the best available scientific evidence suggests both that religion promotes tolerance (and reduces the likelihood of conflict) within social groups and that religion promotes intolerance (and increases the likelihood of conflict) between social groups. The ability of religion to promote tolerance within groups may have played a key role in enabling the development of large-scale human societies. The tendency of religion to promote conflict between groups is highly problematic in modern times in which individuals and small groups now have the capacity to kill and destroy on a mass scale.

In a paper in that same volume, entitled The Limits of Religious Tolerance - A Secular View Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu, argue for our second key finding, that religion should be kept out of public policy formation in secular liberal societies. The religious are welcome to argue for particular policies, but only if they can provide sufficient secular justification for those policies. In effect, Persson and Savulescu provide moral philosophical justification for the ongoing separation of Church and State.

A third key finding is presented in a paper authored by Russell Powell and Steve Clarke 'Religion as an Evolutionary Byproduct: A Critique of the Standard Model', British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 63, September 2012, pp. 457-486. In this paper the view that religion is an evolutionary adaptation is defended. It is argued that religion has played a crucial role in the evolution of human groups, binding individuals into communities by promoting pro-social tendencies and enforcing shared moral norms.

A fourth key finding is presented in Steve Clarke's forthcoming book The Justification of Religious Violence, under contract with Wiley-Blackwell. Here justifications for religious violence are explored and it is argued that these follow the same logical structures as secular justifications for violence, but draw on additional premises grounded in the metaphysics of religious world views. On this basis it is argued that if policies designed to reduce religious violence are to be effective they will need to engage with the metaphysics of religious world views.

A fifth key finding is presented in the manuscript Religion, Peace and Conflict: Perspectives from world faiths, philosophy and the social sciences, by Joanna Burch-Brown, William Baker, Steve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, currently under consideration with Oxford University Press. Here we demonstrate that there are resources to aid peace-building and conflict-reduction efforts in a variety of religious traditions. We also demonstrate that these can be made more effective when informed by the latest results of the most relevant sciences.

Two related key findings are exemplified in the papers collected in Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: a Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, edited by Steve Clarke, Russell Powell and Julian Savulescu, Oxford, Oxford University Press,
Exploitation Route 1. Maintenance of website directing readers to findings and blogs (posted on http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/)

2. Use of materials by secondary school students for project work

3. A blog book is underway which will include some of the more popular blogs from http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/.

4. Alex Butterworth, a game designer, has expressed interest in creating an interactive computer game around findings

5. Potential use of both books in peacebuilding efforts (see Narrative Impact)
Sectors Creative Economy,Security and Diplomacy,Other

URL http://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/src/outputs
 
Description Citations of articles in academia and media. Clarke contacted by Lord Alderdice, a key player in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations. Public discussion via events, blog, podcasts. Podcasts have been used in teaching (schools and universities)
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Policy & public services

 
Description Paper cited in UK All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.conscienceinquiry.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pro-Life-APPG-Freedom-of-Conscience-in-Ab...
 
Description Provided advice on ethics of Late Termination of Pregnancy. Royal Women's Hospital and Monash Women's Joint Termination Review Panel Meeting. Melbourne, Australia
Geographic Reach Australia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description ARC Research Grant
Amount $340,000 (AUD)
Organisation Australian Research Council 
Sector Public
Country Australia
Start 02/2013 
End 01/2016
 
Description ARC Research Grant: Conscience and conscientious objection in health care
Amount $333,300 (AUD)
Organisation Australian Research Council 
Sector Public
Country Australia
Start 07/2015 
End 07/2018
 
Description Brocher Foundation Workshops and Symposia
Amount SFr. 6,000 (CHF)
Organisation Brocher Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Switzerland
Start 06/2016 
End 07/2016
 
Description Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
Amount £31,014 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description Moral Evil in Practical Ethics: Conference Funding
Amount £4,492 (GBP)
Organisation Mind Association 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 01/2012
 
Description Collaboration with Jeanette Kennett 
Organisation Macquarie University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint successful research application to ARC.
Collaborator Contribution Joint successful research application to ARC.
Impact Sucessful grant application
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Vittorio Alberti 
Organisation Pontifical Lateran University
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visited the centre and looked at the role of religion in public life. Suibsequently submitted a Marie Curie Application to be hosted at the Centre, attracted due to SRC interests
Start Year 2011
 
Description Tony Coady: Visits and Ongoing Collaborations 
Organisation University of Massachusetts
Department University of Massachusetts Medical School
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Tony Coady has an ongoing relationship with the project, fostered via research visits and the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship which was founded on the congruity of interests due to the Science and Religious Conflict Project
Start Year 2009
 
Description Visit and ongoing collaboration with Johann De Smedt 
Organisation University of Ghent
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Johan De Smedt Department of Philosophy & Ethics Ghent University Blandijnberg 2 9000 Ghent Belgium
Start Year 2011
 
Description Visit and ongoing collaboration with Pedro Jesús Pérez Zafrilla 
Organisation University of Valencia
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Pedro Jesús Pérez Zafrilla Departamento de Filosofía del Derecho, Moral y Política. Sección Departamental de Filosofía Moral. Avda./ Blasco Ibáñez, 30, 6ª Planta. 46010 Valencia.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Apocalypse Soon: ISIS and the Justification of Religious Violence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in a popular magazine by Steve Clarke, The Philosophers' Magazine, 71, 4.

Not applicable
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.philosophersmag.com/index.php/tpm-mag-articles/11-essays/95-apocalypse-soon
 
Description Article featured in 'The Critique's Great War Series Part II: Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech & Religious Violence Exclusive'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article is part of The Critique's Great War Series Part II: Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech & Religious Violence Exclusive. The Critique is a bi-montly review of select news topics by academic philosophers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.thecritique.com/articles/charlie-hebdo-sacred-values/
 
Description BBC World Service Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "The Why Factor", BBC World Service. Radio Interview. Topic: Disguest. May 10,2013. Stephen Clarke

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Blog post: Consensus Statement on Conscientious Objection 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 29 August 2016. Consensus Statement on Conscientious Objection . Practical Ethics in the News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Charlie Hebdo and Sacred Values 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited article by Steve Clarke in The Critique (2015)


Not applicable
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thecritique.com/articles/charlie-hebdo-sacred-values/
 
Description Cited in media: Ban conscientious objection by Canadian doctors, urge ethicists in volatile commentary. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22 September 2016. 'Ban conscientious objection by Canadian doctors, urge ethicists in volatile commentary'. National Post.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://news.nationalpost.com/health/ban-conscientious-objection-by-canadian-doctors-urge-ethicists-i...
 
Description Cited in media: Bioethicist calls for a ban on doctors' conscientious objection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 29 August 2016. Should Doctors Have the Right to Conscientiously Object? Health Report. ABC Radio National and podcast on ABC Online. Transcript and audio available at link below. The report was picked up by over 100 print media sources throughout Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/doctors-have-no-right-to-conscientious-obj...
 
Description Cited in media: Doctors needed. Leave your conscience at home 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 26 September 2016. Marni Soupcoff: Doctors needed. Leave your conscience at home. National Post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/marni-soupcoff-doctors-have-rights-too
 
Description Cited in media: Leading bioethics editors attack conscientious objection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 24 September 2016. Online piece 'Leading bioethics editors attack conscientious objection', in Bioedge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/debate-over-conscientious-objection-continues/12016
 
Description Cited in media: The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 26 September 2016 'The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare' (response to an article by Julian Savulescu). ABC Religion and Ethics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/09/22/4543752.htm
 
Description Commentaries to Conference Papers: Does Religion Lead to Tolerance or Intolerance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Commentaries to keynote speakers by Julian Savulescu (to Patricia Churchland), Stephen Clarke (to Daniel Batson), and Russell Powell (to Dominic Johnson)

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description DRUG 'REDUCES IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS,' STUDY SUGGESTS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of jointly authored paper by Julian Savulescu

Press release of paper resulting in multiple interviews and other coverage of the paper's finding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Enhancing Morality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public debate with John Harris, chaired by Vassili Christodoulou, How the Lights Get In Festival, Hay on Wye

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Equality, Freedom, and Religion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture by Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Governance and the Yuck Factor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio Broadcast

http://abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2009/2631260.htm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Interview: Church Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview in Church Times (Anglican faith- based newspaper)

http://repository.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/ChurchTimesInterview_Trigg.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Invited online article relating to publication of book 'The Ethics of Human Enhancement' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The article coincided with the publication of the book 'The Ethics of Human Enhancement' and was included in Australian Quarterly's 'Best of 2016 Special Edition', which highlighted some of the year's best articles. AQ is Australia's longest running current affairs publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.aips.net.au/aq-magazine/best-of-2016/
 
Description Is Religious Experience Natural 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture on the cognitive science of religion

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Keswick Hall Trust Lecture: Is religious freedom is necessary in a secular society? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture by Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Lecture on Conscientious Objection at QUT, Brisbane. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 30 August 2016. Public Lecture: Conscientious Objection and Value Pluralism in Medicine. QUT, Brisbane. Work on conscientious objection undertaken for an ARC grant arising as follow-on funding from the Science and Religious Conflict award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.qut.edu.au/law/about/news-events/news?news-id=107337
 
Description Leverhulme Lectures: Religion and Politics by Tony Coady 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three Public Lectures by Tony Coady. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust, funding attracted due to AHRC project. Public Lectures also podcast and summarised on blog http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/11/tony-coady-on-religion-in-the-political-sphere-part-1/ and http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/11/tony-coady-on-religion-in-the-political-sphere-part-2-deliberative-restraint/ and http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/12/tony-coady-on-religion-in-the-political-sphere-part-3-religious-positives-for-liberal-democracies/. Summaries by PhD students as training exercise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Media The American Reader 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Page 99 Test: The Justification of religious violence",Campaign for the American Reader, April 26 2014

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Philosophers Arms (Stephen Clarke) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "The Phlosophers Arms" BBC Radio 4.Panelist. Topic "Moral Disgust". September 27, 2011

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Podcast, Bioethics Bites, Crockett 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brain Chemistry and Moral Decision-Making

Podcast interview as part of Bioethics Bites programme, focussing on SRC areas. Fundign awarded in part due to, and to disseminate AHRC project work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Podcast, Bioethics Bites, Singer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast on Life and Death by Peter Singer

Podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Podcast: Biobites, Churchland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast By Patricia Churchland, What Neuroscience can Tell us About Morality?

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Practical Ethics in the News: Blog posts on relevant topics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The blog Practical Ethics in the News receives about 36, 000 hits per month.



SRC researchers and visitors, including Professor Coady have posted blogs on the grant topic

Selected Posts include:



Coady

http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/05/crisis-in-the-catholic-church/



Powell

http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2009/11/is-religion-good-or-bad-for-society/



Clarke

http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2010
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Presentation at ' Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Healthcare' workshop, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised by the 'Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Heath Care' research project (ARC grant arising as follow-on funding from the Science and Religious Conflict award). November 2015, Oxford. Many of the talks were recorded and podcast, videos produced for YouTube channel etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/events/old_events/2015/mt15_conscience_and_conscientious_objecti...
 
Description Presentation at 'Conscientious Objection Workshop' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the workshop 'The conscience of health professionals in the time of biotechnologies: present and future of conscientious objection in medicine', 7 June 2016 (Brocher Foundation, Switzerland). Organised by the 'Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Heath Care' research project (ARC grant arising as follow-on funding from the Science and Religious Conflict award)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.brocher.ch/en/events/224/the-conscience-of-health-professionals-in-the-time-of-biotechnol...
 
Description Presentation on 'Conscienctious Objection' at Rousseau Annual Conference, Keele University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 26 November, Professor Savulescu contributed to a paper on 'Responsibility, Conscientious Objection and Health Care' at the 'Rousseau' Annual Conference on 'Justice and Responsibility'. The event was open to the public and was well-attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/newsandevents/2016/j-jrousseauannuallectureandconference.php
 
Description Press Release: Courts Endangering Religious Freedom 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/120124_1.html

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Press release of academic paper and resulting interviews, media comment and other coverage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Publication: Terbeck, S., Kahane, G., McTavish, S., Savulescu, J., Cowen, P. and Hewstone, M. (2012) 'Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias. Psychopharmacology. The above publication provides evidence of the effects of some drugs on our judgements. We produced a press release that was widely picked up by the media, resulting in a variety of reports, TV, newspaper, and radio

The study gave 18 people propranolol and 18 a placebo. The propranolol group scored significantly lower on a standard test for testing subconscious racial attitudes.



The research raises the possibility that our unconscious racial attitudes could be mo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Radio Interview: Understanding Religious Extremism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Steve Clarke, Radio National 'Sunday Extra', Radio Interview. February 22, 2015. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Not applicable
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Radio interview: Does Religion Justify Murder? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Steve Clarke, ABC Riverina 'Mornings', Radio interview. January 23, 2015. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Not applicable
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Radio interview: On Religious Violence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Steve Clarke, ABC Western Plains 'Mornings', Radio interview. January 29, 2015. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Not applicable
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Rationality in Science and Religion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture by Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Reith Lectures: Invited Question 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited Question in Reith Lectures on Morality in Politics, 16 and 20 June 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00l0y01
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Religion falling second to other rights in courts: theology professor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Newspaper article reporting on Trigg's research

http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/01/26/religion-falling-second-to-other-rights-in-courts-theology-professor/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Religion takes a back seat to rights in court, says theologian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The courts are endangering religious freedom because the judiciary are giving it a lower priority than equality, a leading philosopher has claimed.



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9035886/Religion-takes-a-back-seat-to-rights-in-court-says-theologian.html

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Religious Believers' Rights are Being Ignored 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media comment. Summary:



A leading theologian has claimed that other human rights consistently trump those of believers in legal cases



The rights of religious believers count for less in legal cases than other human rights, a leading theologian has claimed.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article2552305.ece
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Religious Freedom in a Secular Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture by Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Roundtable at Reducing Religious Conflict Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Roundtable discussion at the end of Reducing Religious Conflict Project (Science and Religious Conflict Project Conference)

podcast online
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Royal Women's Hospital and Monash Women's Joint Termination Review Panel Meeting, Melbourne, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 6 December 2016. Ethics Advisor on Late Termination of Pregnancy. Royal Women's Hospital and Monash Women's Joint Termination Review Panel Meeting. Melbourne, Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Science and the Future: The Future of Life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture at oxford Literary Festival

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Sir Wilfred Lectures 2010: Does 'Equality' Override Religious Freedom? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture by Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description St Cross Special Ethics Serminar: Human Rights vs Religion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture by Professor Roger Trigg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Talk on end of life issues for Monash Bioethics Intensive Course, Melbourne 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 4 December 2016. Talk 'Making life and death decisions' at Monash Bioethics Intensive Course, Melbourne
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://future.arts.monash.edu/intensive-bioethics-course/
 
Description The Conversation: organ donation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Families shouldn't be allowed to veto organ donation', written by Julian Savulescu and Will Isdale. The article has been read by over 9000 readers, tweeted 135 times and shared with nearly 3000 Facebook users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://theconversation.com/families-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-veto-organ-donation-51183
 
Description The Justification of Religious Violence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Book Contract awarded by Wiley-Blackwell as a result of expertise and reputation gained via SRC project

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description The Moral Obligation to Improve 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Public Lecture and debate at Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, The Sage, Gateshead

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Workshop Presentation at ' Conscience and Conscientious Objection Workshop' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Doctors Have No Right to Refuse Medical Assistance in Dying, Abortion or Contraception' at the 'Conscience and Conscientious Objection Workshop' 2 September 2016, Canberra, Australia. Organised by the 'Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Heath Care' research project (ARC grant arising as follow-on funding from the Science and Religious Conflict award)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cappe.edu.au/research/conscience-and-conscientious-objection-in-health-care.htm