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Science and Religious Conflict Conference Panel

Richard Dawkins, Patricia Smith Churchland, Owen Flanagan and others. Moderated by Roger Bingham


Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary theorist who, until his retirement in 2008, was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, has popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and theory of memetics. His many books include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The New York Times best seller The God Delusion, and most recently The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

Patricia Smith Churchland is UC President’s Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego, focuses on neuroethics and attempts to understand choice, responsibly and the basis of moral norms in terms of brain function, evolution and brain-culture interactions. Her books include Brain-Wise; Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain; and On the Contrary, with husband Paul M. Churchland.

Owen Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. In 1998, he was recipient of the Romanell National Phi Beta Kappa award, given annually to one American philosopher for distinguished contributions to philosophy and the public understanding of philosophy. He has written several books; the most recent is The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World.


Books by Richard Dawkins:

The God Delusion The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

Books by Patricia Churchland:

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain