Freshman Seminar 21i - Evolution, Buddhism and Ethics



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 can be discussed.

Note: Open to Freshmen Only

Catalog No.: 97898

Half course (Fall term) - Mondays, 3-5pm

Exam Group: 6