April 18, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Massimo Pigliucci will give the talk, "Is Dawkins Delusional? On the Relationship between Science and Religion," Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the second in the Science and Religion Lecture Series, co-organized by the departments of biology and religion at Bucknell.

Pigliucci says of his talk, "The relationship between science and religion has been a troubled one ever since Galileo's time. Today, scientific theories such as evolution and the big bang are under attack by religious fundamentalists, and scientists are starting to talk back, in some cases by attacking religion itself.

"My talk will address the good, the bad and the ugly in Richard Dawkins' arguments as laid out in his book, The God Delusion, and use them as a springboard to take a fresh look at the science-religion cultural wars."

Ecology and evolution and philosophy

Professor of ecology and evolution and of philosophy at SUNY-Stony Brook, Pigliucci works in the general area of plant evolutionary genetics. In addition to his expertise in biology, he has a doctorate in philosophy and pursues research interests in philosophy of science, particularly in conceptual and critical analyses of evolutionary theory. His website (rationallyspeaking.org) is devoted to what he calls "positive skepticism."

"This seminar series, co-organized by myself and Maria Antonaccio, associate professor of religion, was formed to promote a dialog between scientists and theologians," said Ken Field, assistant professor of biology at Bucknell.

"By discussing our different ways of seeing the world we hope to foster a broader understanding of the issues of conflict and of agreement between science and religion," he said.

This lecture series has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Office of the Provost, the University Lectureship Committee, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, and the departments of biology, religion, philosophy, psychology, chemistry, and physics and astronomy.

Posted April 18, 2007