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Where Does Morality Come From?

Wednesday, May. 11, 2011

Have advances in evolutionary science undermined the more traditional, often religious bases of morality? Or are there ways of integrating the most advanced contemporary science with more traditional views of the human good? The eminent evolutionary biologist and philosopher Francisco Ayala explored these issues May 4, when he gave the second 2010-11 Regan Lecture for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.    (podcast)


Professor Ayala was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science and the 2010 Templeton Prize for "an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works."  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as many international scientific societies and academies.