The fourth annual conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists, which was originally planned for 2020, was held on June 4-6, 2021 at the Washingtion DC Hilton Hotel (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC).
The main theme of the conference was “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human," and had to do with various kinds of real or hypothetical intelligences that are not human or biologically related to humans, especially extraterrestrial intelligence and artificial intelligence. It included questions such as What does science say about the prospects of extraterrestrial intelligence existing? How can it be searched for? What would be the implications for Catholic theology? Is artificial intelligence possible? Would it truly have "intellect"? What would be its theological implications? There were also talks not on the main theme of the conference.
Conference Program and Schedule:
Take a look at the Conference Program and Schedule.
Biographies of Speakers
Directory of Videos of Talks:
Videos of Conference Talks
Here is the List of Posters, including the presenters, and the poster titles and abstracts.
2021 St. Albert Award:
see information on the awardee Lawrence M. Principe