Navigation Links
What is the origin of ethics?
Date:10/29/2008

Are human beings "blank slates" that are molded by the cultures into which they are born? Or are our values and predispositions genetically based, shaped solely by evolution? The controversy around evolution and human behaviour has been a hot topic of scientific research since Charles Darwin reframed the debate about the origin of our species 150 years ago.

On Nov. 6, McGill University will host the fourth annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium. This year's topic: Apes or Angels: What is the Origin of Ethics? Four of the world's leading economists and biologists will debate what economic theory and evolution have to say about human development and

This year's symposium commemorates the 150th anniversary of the joint presentation of the theory of natural selection by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace at the Linnean Society in 1858. The debate will deal with the still controversial topic of the relation between evolution and human behaviour.

It will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Stephen Leacock Building, Room 132, 855 Sherbrooke St. W. The panelists are:

Professor Theodore Bergstrom, is the Aaron and Cherie Raznick Chair of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is renowned for his research on the relation between economics and evolutionary biology, with special attention to the economics of the family, the evolution of altruism and rivalry between siblings, parent-offspring conflicts, marriage institutions, inheritance, and care for the aged.

Link to Prof. Bergstrom's homepage: http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/~tedb/

Professor Manfred Milinski, Executive Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology, in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Pln, Germany, conducts research on co-operation, sexual selection and host-parasite co-evolution. One of his current topics of research is th
'/>"/>

Contact: Allison Flynn
allison.j.flynn@mcgill.ca
514-398-7698
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Comet probes reveal evidence of origin of life, scientists claim
2. Good earth: Brown chemists show origin of soil-scented geosmin
3. Georgia Tech/Emory Center to study origin of life
4. Venous origin of the mammalian lymphatic vasculature
5. St. Jude settles century-old debate on origin of mammalian network of lymphatic vessels
6. The accumulation of sugar in neurons may explain the origin of several neurodegenerative diseases
7. Researchers find origin of breathable atmosphere half a billion years ago
8. New hypothesis for origin of life proposed
9. Hinode: new insights on the origin of solar wind
10. Research pioneer in the developmental origins of psychiatric illness is awarded the Sackler prize
11. Avian origins: new analysis confirms ancient beginnings
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/18/2014)... millions of Americans to undertake jaunts into the countryside each ... longer within a century, according to new research. , Climate ... the United States as summer temperatures linger later into the ... Ecology and Biogeography . For instance, the paper birch ... New Hampshire could change color one to three weeks ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... colleagues have built the first smartphone app that ... behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows ... don,t -- and how that affects you. , ... depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also ... for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you might ... life. , In fact some dogs are distinctly ... Sydney shows. , "This research is exciting because ... objectively and non-invasively. It offers researchers and dog owners ... that changes," said Dr Melissa Starling, from the Faculty ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer Earth 2Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer Earth 3Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer Earth 4New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 2New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 3New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 4Dogs can be pessimists too 2Dogs can be pessimists too 3
... Mich. A new study finds that African ancestry ... type of cancer that has fewer treatment options. ... found that, among women with breast cancer, 82 percent ... African-Americans were and 16 percent of white Americans were. ...
... crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team ... pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to ... divers found fossilized animal remains, bits of pottery and ... underwater cave. [Click here to see a ...
... years ago when the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) ... This year over 7,000 scientists from throughout the world ... Dec. 11 to 15 for ASCB,s 50th Annual Meeting. ... research on the cell, ASCB,s conferences are the largest yearly ...
Cached Biology News:Study links African ancestry to high-risk breast cancer 2Extreme archaeology: Divers plumb the mysteries of sacred Maya pools 2Extreme archaeology: Divers plumb the mysteries of sacred Maya pools 3Cell biology society celebrates 50th 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014 Cereal grain scientists, quality ... gather October 5–8, 2014, for the AACC International ... Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The comprehensive scientific ... food scientists, chemists, microbiologists, nutritionists, and those interested ... management. To date, 1,000 attendees have registered for ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Washington, USA (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 ... Representatives of a bill designed to stimulate development and ... jobs is being praised by leaders of SPIE, ... bill, the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, ... The bill’s authors have said they are optimistic that ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 A novel robotic system that ... is currently being tested as part of a biomedical ... Boston with the aim of determining if the robot, ... cancer biopsies faster, more accurate, less costly, and less ... the potential to deliver prostate cancer therapies with greater ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... On Tuesday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined ... Lab Day on the Hill. The event highlighted several ... Durbin and Risch also formally launched the Senate National ... reach of the national labs as leaders in developing ... our nation's most pressing challenges. , "The national labs ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 2Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 3House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 2House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 5Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 6Lab Day Highlight Labs' Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation 2Lab Day Highlight Labs' Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation 3
... ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2011 GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTCQB/OTCBB: ... and fight Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections, announces that ... to receive academic honors on September 26 and October ... Officer Harriet L. Robinson, PhD, was honored as a ...
... as a symbol of long-lasting love. But semiconductor makers ... of long-lasting micromachines if a new method developed at ... carving these tough, capable crystals proves its worth.* The ... in a diamond surface, yielding potential benefits in both ...
... PLC (AIM: GTL) today conducted its annual meeting in London, ... Henderson, the non-executive chairman of the U.S. based bio-refining company, ... "GTL is pleased to report that margins ... period ending September 30, 2011 closely tracked the seasonal margins ...
Cached Biology Technology:GeoVax Labs' CSO and Chairman Receive Academic Honors 2GeoVax Labs' CSO and Chairman Receive Academic Honors 3NIST polishes method for creating tiny diamond machines 2