Please join us for a lecture by guest speaker, Dr. Gayle Woloschak.
Creation: Evolution, Contingency, and Intentionality
Lecture topic: The goal of this presentation is to discuss the framework of biological evolution including its processes and contingencies about and on the surrounding environment; evolution cannot be separated from the environment in which it occurred. Stochastic processes (genetic changes) that are then selected for by the environment as those features that are most suitable for that environment drive evolution. It is important to realize that biological evolution involves processes of natural selection, genetic drift and others that all contribute to the development and selection of the species; application of evolutionary thinking outside of biology is fraught with difficulties and can lead to broad misunderstandings that have led to such errors as eugenics, racial prejudices, and more. This presentation will also consider a discussion of intentionality and how it can be dealt with both inappropriately and appropriately with regard to creation. Finally, those features for which evolutionary selection is not really evident (consciousness, for example) will be discussed.
Speaker bio: Gayle E. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Gayle received her B.S. in Biological Sciences, from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio). She did her postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, and then moved to Argonne National Laboratory until 2001. Her scientific interests are predominantly in the areas of Molecular Biology. Radiation Biology, and Nanotechnology studies, and she has authored over 180 scientific papers. She also received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is Associate Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and an Adjunct Professor of Religion and Sciences at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Presented as part of the lecture series and graduate seminar: