February 11, 2009, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
WASHINGTON, DC—Darwin’s radical deduction that random mutation and natural selection can explain all of the diversity of life on Earth shook longstanding beliefs that humans are inherently superior creatures, uniquely capable of being moral, already fully evolved, and made in the image of a perfect creator.
Since then, waves of research in such diverse fields as molecular biology and genetics, game theory, and behavioral anthropology have expanded and strengthened Darwin’s seminal observations, prompting a century-and-a-half of reflection and reassessment about the place of humankind in the universe, the relationship between humans and a divine creator, and the nature of faith itself.
Join our distinguished panelists for a conversation about the ways in which evolutionary theory has revolutionized our understanding of the struggle between personal freedom and the common good, and to explore the role of religious thought as humankind gradually gains the capacity to direct its own evolution.
David Sloan Wilson, Co-founder of the Evolution Institute and professor of evolutionary biology, Binghamton University
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Arthur Caplan, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Sally Steenland, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for American Progress
Rick Weiss, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.
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