Course Requirements

Syllabus

Course Calendar

Aug. 22 - Introduction to Class and Requirements

Science and Religion - Where Are their Boundaries?

Aug. 24 - Berlinski - Lecture (Socrates in the City)

Aug. 26 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Preface and Chs. 1-2 (RR1)

Aug. 29 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 3-4 (RR2)

Aug. 31 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 5-6 (RR3)

Sept. 2 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 7-8 (RR4)

Sept. 5 - LABOR DAY - NO CLASS

Sept. 7 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 9-10 (RR5)

Sept. 9 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Preface and Chs.1-2 (RR6)

Sept. 12 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 3-5 (RR7)

Sept. 14 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 6-7 (RR8)

Sept. 16 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 8-9 (RR9)

Sept. 19 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 10-11; Lynn Margulis Interview (RR10)

Weak and Strong Anthropic Principle

Sept. 21 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Introduction and Chs. 1-2 (RR11)

Sept. 23 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Chs. 3-4 (RR12)

Sept. 26 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Chs. 5-6 (RR13)

Sept. 28 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Chs. 7-8 (RR14)

Sept. 30 - David Lake, The Creator (short story) [PDF] (RR15)

Oct. 3 - Collins, Language of God, Introduction and Chs. 1-2 (RR16)

Oct. 5 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 3-4 (RR17)

Oct. 7 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 5-6 (RR18)

Oct. 10 - FALL BREAK - NO CLASS

Oct. 12 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 7-11 (RR19)

Oct. 14 - Collins, Language of God, Appendix: Moral Practice of Science and Bioethics (RR20)

A Creator within Nature?

Oct. 17 - Crick, Life Itself, Preface and Chs. 1-7, Appendix: The Genetic Code (RR21) [PDF]

Oct. 19 - Crick, Life Itself, Chs. 8-12 (RR22)

Oct. 21 - Crick, Life Itself, Chs. 13-15 and Epilogue (RR23)

Can Natural Theology be Revived?

Oct. 24 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 1-3 (RR24)

Oct. 26 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 4-5 (RR25)

Oct. 28 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 6-7 (RR26)

Oct. 31 - Behe, Edge of Evolution (RR27), Chs. 8-10, skim Appendices A-D, but don't include them in your RR

Nov. 2 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Prologue and Chs. 1-2 (RR28)

Nov. 4 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 3-5 (RR29)

Nov. 7 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 6-9 (RR30)

Nov. 9 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 10-12 (RR31)

Nov. 11 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 13-14 (RR32)

Nov. 14 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 15-16 (RR33)

Nov. 16 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 17-18 (RR34)

Nov. 18 - Meyer, Darwin's Doubt, Chs. 19-20 and Epilogue (RR35)

Chance, Evolution, and Multiple Universes

Nov. 21 - Eugene V. Koonin, The Cosmological Model of Eternal Inflication and the Transition from Chance to Biological Evolution in the History of Life [PDF] - please read the entire article, including the open peer-review comments and Koonin's "back of the envelop calculations" (RR36)

An Immanent, Natural Creator?

Nov. 23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO CLASS

Nov. 25 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO CLASS

Nov. 28 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 1-3 (RR37) [PDF]; Listen to (but don't write on) Astronomy Cast, Special Episode: Panspermia

Nov. 30 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 4-6 (RR38)

Dec. 2 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 7-8 (RR39)

Dec. 5 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 9-10 (RR40)

Final Matters

Dec. 13 - Final Dossiers are due, at the beginning of the exam period (11:30AM)