Renowned scientist Stuart Kauffman at McMaster University tonight, York University and CFI Ontario tomorrow

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

Thursday, Feb 7, 7:30-930pm, Michael G. Degroote Centre for Learning & Discovery and Atrium (MDCL), Rm. 3022, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W, Hamilton, On

Friday, Feb 8, 2:00-4:00pm, Acolade West (ACW005), York University main entrance 4700 Keele St., Toronto, On

Friday, 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

These event are open to the public.  A catered reception for Friends of the Centre with Dr. Kauffman will be held prior to the CFI Ontario event at 6pm at CFI Ontario. Become a Friend of the Centre today by contacting CFI Ontario 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

Advertisements
Comments
3 Responses to “Renowned scientist Stuart Kauffman at McMaster University tonight, York University and CFI Ontario tomorrow”
  1. jeff says:

    These sound like some really cool talks. Exactly the kind of transformative paradigm shifts we’re looking for in the intermulticrossdisciplinary field of Computational Sustainable Nano Energy Omics!

    Collaborate in science, here: http://transformativescience.wordpress.com

  2. ronbrown says:

    Jeff:

    I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m personally not well-versed in theoretical bio, complex systems, physics, genetics, or astronomy, but it should be interesting. One audience member that I’m gonna be anticipating replies from is U of T biochemist Larry Moran (of the blog Sandwalk, http://www.sandwalk.blogspot.com). A few months ago Moran had expressed significant skepticism of Kauffman’s views. I’m hoping for some good back and forth between them. Emergence is definitely a fascinating and perhaps revolutionary perspective. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it holds water.

Trackbacks
Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] Renowned scientist Stuart Kauffman in Toronto TONIGHT (CFI Ontario) February 8, 2008 — ronbrown For more information on tonight’s event, see: https://theframeproblem.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/renowned-scientist-stuart-kauffman-at-mcmaster-unive… […]



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: