[asa] Re: NYTimes: In Games, an Insight Into the Rules of Evolution

From: PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com>
Date: Thu Aug 02 2007 - 00:47:24 EDT


Evolution and Christianity (March 2007)

On March 8, 2007, Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and Biology
at Harvard University, presented the ninth in a series of lectures
sponsored by the Evolution and Theology of Cooperation Project at
Harvard University, directed by Professors Sarah Coakley and Nowak and
supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

On 8/1/07, PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/science/31prof.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
> Carl Zimmer writes about the work of Martin Nowak in "In Games, an
> Insight Into the Rules of Evolution"
> A very interesting story of the evolution of cooperation. In addition
> an interesting theological note
> <quote>
> Dr. Nowak believes evolutionary biologists should study average
> behavior rather than a few extreme cases of altruism. "Saintly
> behavior is unfortunately not the norm," Dr. Nowak said. "The current
> theory can certainly explain a population where some people act
> extremely altruistically." That does not make Dr. Nowak an atheist,
> however. "Evolution describes the fundamental laws of nature according
> to which God chose to unfold life," he declared in March in a lecture
> titled "Evolution and Christianity" at the Harvard Divinity School.
> Dr. Nowak is collaborating with theologians there on a project called
> "The Evolution and Theology of Cooperation," to help theologians
> address evolutionary biology in their own work.
> Dr. Nowak sometimes finds his scientific colleagues astonished when he
> defends religion. But he believes the astonishment comes from a
> misunderstanding of the roles of science and religion. "Like
> mathematics, many theological statements do not need scientific
> confirmation. Once you have the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, it's
> not like we have to wait for the scientists to tell us if it's right.
> This is it."
> </quote>

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