Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion

Building on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities. 

 

 

 
 

DoSER Thematic Areas

 

DoSER approaches the science, ethics and religion dialogue through the lens of five thematic areas. We stay abreast of the associated scienceand 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.

Life Sciences

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 modern 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.

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