Thursday, March 3 2011 at 7:30PM
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What's the talk about?
More than 200 years after his birth, the world is still reeling at the ideas of Charles Darwin. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has provoked more debate, more anger, and more fear than any other theory in the history of science. People have worried about three main things: (1) that evolutionary theory undermines the existence of God; (2) that it suggests that life has no ultimate meaning or purpose; and (3) that it challenges and threatens some of our traditional moral values. In this talk, I will argue that evolutionary theory does indeed have these implications, but that we can still live a good life and a happy life in the world after Darwin.
Steve Stewart-Williams is a New Zealander who moved to Canada and eventually ended up in Wales, where he teaches evolutionary psychology at Swansea University. Over the years, he has written for various media outlets, including The Sceptic and Philosophy Now, as well as giving lectures and interviews on all matters sceptical. Recently his first book hit the stores. It’s called Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew.
Check out his blog on Psychology Today
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