Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs: AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
DoSER approaches the science, ethics and religion dialogue through the lens of five thematic areas. We stay abreast of the associated science and consider the ethical and religious questions it might raise. Each section below contains a brief overview along with a list of DoSER activities and events on the subject. We invite you to explore and to share your insights and comments.
Physics & the Cosmos
Over the past century human understanding of the extent, structure, and history of the cosmos has expanded at an astonishing rate. DoSER’s work in this area considers the implications of this growing body of knowledge to religious understanding and ethical perspectives.
Earth & the Environment
Humans have a tremendous impact on our Earth and its environment raising a number of ethical and religious questions. DoSER works to support religious communities as they explore current scientific understanding of ecological dynamics, the human values that are brought to bear to determine environmental policies, and the religious perspectives that underlie them.
Recognizing that the foundation of all life sciences is biological evolution, DoSER’s work in this area focuses primarily on working with religious communities to develop understanding and acceptance of evolution and to address the historical and philosophical dimensions of the surrounding cultural debate.
Neuroscience, Brain & Mind
Developments in the neurosciences, paleoanthropology, human genetics, and robotics are placing the age-old question of what it means to be human in new light. DoSER’s activities consider the convergence of scientific, technological, ethical, and religious factors and their significance for a contemporary understanding of human nature.
History & Philosophy of Science
Science, ethics and religion have maintained a rich discourse throughout history with intimate ties to philosophy. DoSER encourages understanding and consideration of the contributions of historical and philosophical thought to the modern science and religion dialogue.