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Science Podcasts: PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins in conversation

posted Sep 30, 2011, 7:44 AM by Secular Sri Lanka Library   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 8:02 AM ]

An event organised by the British Humanist Association with Professors Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers discussing… well, what you’d hope for: science and religion! Excitingly, there was also a protest against the New College of the Humanities, which Dawkins is involved in – you can see a video of the protesters occupying the stage as well as hear about how Richard Dawkins responded on Episode 88 of the Pod Delusion.

Evolutionary cooperation

Kropotkin wrote about evolutionary cooperation*

Here’s a lecture on evolutionary cooperation by PZ Myers. Ok, it’s pretty long, but it’s worth downloading and watching (or even listening as the video doesn’t catch most of the slides).

Click on World Humanist Congress 2011 08/13/11 07:32AM.

Cooperation as an important component of evolution is often ignored while competition is stressed. Creationists will purposely ignore cooperation. Yet cooperation and conflict are really two sides of the same coin.

Myers illustrates his talk with examples of cooperation from nature and stresses the important evolutionary leaps made possible by cooperation. But he goes on to show that cooperation is also natural for humans.

PZ presented this talk at the 2011 World Humanist Congress in Oslo, Norway last August. Human cooperation, world peace and conflict prevention were important themes at the congress. The programme looks interesting, including sessions on:

  • The role of supra-national organizations
  • Lifestance and peace
  • Our emotional life and the role of ceremonies
  • Bit by bit and Peace by Piece

While Myers doesn’t deal in any detail with strategies for cooperation in modern human society and internationally it looks like some of the other presenters did. 

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