The Value of Science in the Age of CRISPR

The Value of Science in the Age of CRISPR

In 2002, John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the beginning of its plenary session with “The Cultural Values of Science.” Eighteen years later, the truth of his words still resonates:

Perseverance, Ingenuity, and the Mission to Mars

Perseverance, Ingenuity, and the Mission to Mars

For readers who love to gaze heavenward, the moon and the red planet Mars will put on a show over the weekend.

Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin: Two Men and a Theory

Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin: Two Men and a Theory

Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel were contemporaries, but did they know of each other’s work? There is clear evidence that Mendel read “The Origin of Species,'' and mounting evidence that Darwin had heard of Mendel’s work.

Gregor Mendel: Priest, Teacher, Abbot, and Avid Beekeeper

Gregor Mendel: Priest, Teacher, Abbot, and Avid Beekeeper

The name of Gregor Mendel is inescapably linked to “genetics.” 

Theories of Evolution Before Darwin

Theories of Evolution Before Darwin

The name of Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution are so closely linked that most people are unaware of the history of the theory “before” Darwin. 

Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is Free Will an Illusion?

One of the exciting developments in the field of neuroscience is the use of neuroimaging to examine the precise neural pathways and brain regions involved in many cognitive activities, including learning, memory storage and retrieval, and even those involved in making voluntary choices. 

Made in His Image: the Social Synapse and the Neurobiology of Connection

Made in His Image: the Social Synapse and the Neurobiology of Connection

The news has featured human connectivity in seemingly endless variety lately—from discussing the negative effects of social distancing and quarantines on our mental health to the creative ways people are reaching out and staying in touch. 

Made in God’s Image; or Are We?

Made in God’s Image; or Are We?

One of the modern narratives is that science has knocked the human person off its pedestal. We are no longer seen as the pinnacle of creation, more important than other animals and meant to rule over the rest of creation. In fact, the idea of our being “made in the image of God” should be set aside since it has been disproved by science. 

Challenging Heliocentrism: The 'Great Debate' of 1920

Challenging Heliocentrism: The 'Great Debate' of 1920

At the turn of the last century, a little remembered but dramatic debate took place between prominent astronomers Harlow Shapely and Heber Curtis. The debate concerned essentially several key issues: the location of the sun in the Milky Way galaxy, the size of the universe, and whether spiral nebulae were other galaxies. 

Leader of the Human Genome Project Receives 2020 Templeton Prize

Leader of the Human Genome Project Receives 2020 Templeton Prize

Since its founding in 1972, the Templeton Prize has honored 17 scientists, 7 opinion leaders, 16 religious leaders, and 7 theologians/philosophers.

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