Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, today supported by genetics, is often seen as antagonistic to religion. Buddhism is one of the world's major religions, yet is sometimes described as scientific. In fact, science and religion have a lot to say to each other, in particular about what can be done versus what should be done. This course explores points of contact between evolutionary genetics and Buddhism, centering on the notion of "emptiness," and building knowledge of each so that ethical questions about animals in research, genetic testing, and human genetic engineering… Read more about Freshman Seminar 21i - Evolution, Buddhism and Ethics
The mathematics and computation of ancestral inference in population genetics. Theory relates observable genetic data to factors of evolution such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, natural selection, and population structure.
Prerequisites: OEB 242 or permission of instructor. Calculus and statistics or probability.