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Design Passes Through the Human Mind, Dr. Philip Hefner

November 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please join us for a lecture and discussion by guest speaker Dr. Philip Hefner:

Design Passes Through the Human Mind

PhilHefnerLecture topic:  On planet Earth, the design of the creation passes through human intentionality. This carries with it several important implications: (1) The design enters into consciousness. (2) The fallibility of the human mind becomes a factor. (3) Constructivism is a challenge, because the design is not obvious–it must be discerned and constructed. (4) Design points to project: What is the human project? What is the project of creation? Our intentional behaviors, including our ideas of transhumanism, aim at actualizing this project. (5) These considerations are at the heart of the idea that humans are created co-creators. Evolutionary design thus expresses itself as an anthropology–a concept of human beings and their purposes.

Speaker bio:  Dr. Hefner has been a leader in religion and science for over 40 years. He founded and directed the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, (1988-2003). He also served as the editor-in-chief of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science from 1997 to 2009. He is the author of eight books and more than 150 articles. His most notable book, The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, Religion (Fortress Press, 1993) received the Templeton Foundation’s Best Books in Religion and Science Award.

Presented as part of the lecture series and graduate seminar:

2015 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science

Purpose and process in science and theology: the history, science and theology of the design argument(s) and the idea of “teleology” in creation.


November 30, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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