The next big CFI Ontario event: Professor Stuart Kauffman proposes a new scientific worldview for understanding the origin of life and biodiversity, economics, ethics and spirituality

REINVENTING THE SACRED:
How the Paradigm of Emergence Offers New Scientific Views on the
Origin of Life and Biodiversity, Economics, Ethics, and Spirituality

Stuart Kauffman, Institute for Biochemplexity and Informatics,
University of Calgary

Thurs, Feb 8, 7:30pm, Centre for Inquiry Ontario, 216 Beverley St,
downtown Toronto.
Part of our ongoing Voices of Reason lecture series – http://www.cfiontario.org

The event is open to the public.  A catered reception at 6pm at the
Centre for Inquiry Ontario will be held with Dr. Kauffman exclusively
for Friends of the Centre so join today by contacting us at
ontario@centerforinquiry.net!

You may RSVP online through facebook
http://utoronto.facebook.com/event.php?eid=21247816464

“I would like to begin a discussion about the first glimmerings of a
new scientific world view — beyond reductionism to emergence and
radical creativity in the biosphere and human world. This emerging
view finds a natural scientific place for value and ethics, and places
us as co-creators of the enormous web of emerging complexity that is
the evolving biosphere and human economics and culture. In this
scientific world view, we can ask: Is it more astonishing that a God
created all that exists in six days, or that the natural processes of
the creative universe have yielded galaxies, chemistry, life, agency,
meaning, value, consciousness, culture without a Creator. In my mind
and heart, the overwhelming answer is that the truth as best we know
it, that all arose with no Creator agent, all on its wondrous own, is
so awesome and stunning that it is God enough for me and I hope much
of humankind.”

Kauffmann is best known for arguing that the complexity of biological
systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and
far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection.

Stuart Alan Kauffman (28 September 1939) is an American theoretical
biologist and complex systems researcher concerning the origin of life
on Earth. He is best known for arguing that the complexity of
biological systems and organisms might result as much from
self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian
natural selection.

Kauffman presently holds a joint appointment at the University of
Calgary in Biological Sciences and in Physics and Astronomy. He is
also an iCORE chair.  He graduated from Dartmouth in 1960, was awarded
the BA(Hons) by Oxford University in 1963, and completed a medical
degree (M.D.) at the University of California, San Francisco in 1968.
After a brief medical career, he moved into developmental genetics,
holding
appointments first at the University of Chicago, then at the
University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1995, where he rose to
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Kauffman held a MacArthur
Fellowship, 1987-1992.

Kauffman rose to prominence through his association with the Santa Fe
Institute (a non-profit research institute dedicated to the study of
complex systems), where he was faculty in residence from 1986 to 1997,
and through his work on models in various areas of biology. These
included autocatalytic sets in origin of life research, gene
regulatory networks in developmental biology, and fitness landscapes
in evolutionary biology.

In 1996, Kauffman started BiosGroup, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based
for-profit company that employs complex systems methodology to attempt
to solve business problems. BiosGroup was acquired by NuTech Solutions
in early 2003. As of 2003, Kauffman was a director of NuTech.

Cost: $7 general, $4 students, FREE for Friends of the Centre

Contact: http://www.cfiontario.org, ontario@centerforinquiry.net, 416-971-5676

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Comments
3 Responses to “The next big CFI Ontario event: Professor Stuart Kauffman proposes a new scientific worldview for understanding the origin of life and biodiversity, economics, ethics and spirituality”
  1. skeptic griggsy says:

    As Dawkins notes, we will learn from scientists what theologians never will tell us.

  2. Larry Moran says:

    ron,

    A large part of this posting is identical in wording to the Wikipedia site. You may have forgotten the attribution, or have I missed it?

  3. ronbrown says:

    Larry: My post is a direct cut-and-paste of Justin Trottier’s CFI newsletter plug for the event. I wasn’t aware of the Wikipedia origin. I’ll look into this.

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