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Evolution and the Anthropocene: Science, Religion, and the Human Future

May 22, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Q?rius Theater, Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
Free; no advance reservation or ticket required.

Dr. David Sloan Wilson will discuss how the newly declared geological epoch—the Anthropocene—based on the dominant impact of humans on the planet, was foreseen by the scientist-priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Chardin was ahead of his time by regarding humans as not just another species but a new evolutionary process. Wilson will show how modern evolutionary science is catching up with Chardin’s vision. Wilson is one of the world’s foremost evolutionary thinkers, a gifted communicator about evolution to the general public, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University in New York, and President of the Evolution Institute.

Moderator: Dr. Jim Miller, Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith

Panelists:

Dr. Rick Potts (Director, Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program)

Fr. Peter Ryan (Executive Director, Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker (Director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University)

Dr. Joe Watkins (Chief Supervisory Anthropologist of Tribal Relations and American Cultures, National Park Service)