TheBestSchools.org is organizing an ongoing series of focused civil dialogues (FCDs) on controversial topics of significant public interest. Each FCD gives the participants the opportunity to formulate the best case possible for their position, focused on particular points of contention, in a civil and respectful manner.
TBS is proud to announce a new FCD, beginning July 27, 2016, on the conceptual foundations of contemporary evolutionary theory between Denis Noble of Oxford University and David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University.
Go to the overview page for this dialogue,
Denis Noble is Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics of the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society and a pioneer of systems biology, Professor Noble held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology in that department from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1960, Professor Noble developed the first successful mathematical model simulating the activity of the living heart. He is the author of over 450 scientific papers, and has authored a well-received book on the nature of life and evolution aimed at a general audience, The Music of Life: Biology Beyond the Genome (Oxford UP, 2006).
David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor in the departments of Anthropology and Biology at Binghamton University. Co-founder of the Evolution Institute, the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, and the combined Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program at Binghamton, Professor Wilson is the author of numerous scholarly and popular books on evolutionary theory and its implications for human society. His most recent book is Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others (Yale UP, 2015).
The FCD between Professor Noble and Professor Wilson will consist of four parts: in-depth interviews with each participant, a round of initial statements, a round of responses to the initial statements, and a round of replies to the responses.
The topic of evolution is well known to be highly contentious in the cultural and political arenas. It is frequently assumed that all criticism of mainstream neo-Darwinian theory must be religiously motivated. The field of evolutionary biology has always been controversial. Professor Noble and Professor Wilson will debate whether neo-Darwinism is enough to account for the character of living things.
With our focused civil dialogue on the conceptual foundations of contemporary evolutionary theory, TheBestSchools.org is proud to host this important exchange between two world-renowned thinkers who are helping to bring this venerable tradition of reasoned debate about the nature of life and evolution into the twenty-first century.