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UN Commission discusses ethics behind the environmental crisis

UN Commission discusses ethics behind the environmental crisis

UNITED NATIONS, 17 May 2011 (BWNS) – Focusing solely on the material aspects of the environmental crisis, while ignoring its moral and ethical dimensions, will not ensure humanity’s long term survival. That was among the perspectives under discussion at this year’s UN Commission on Sustainable Development, held from 2-13 May. “We have passed beyond the global tipping point that we have been anticipating for decades,” Jeffrey Sachs – director of the Earth Institute and a special adviser to UN Secretary-General…

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Stay tuned for the Common Ground Forum

Stay tuned for the Common Ground Forum

Hi, all. We’re getting ready to roll out a common ground forum where we’re hoping to have wide-ranging discussions about faith and reason, science and religion, learning and related topics. It will be a moderated forum and a violence-free zone in which to discuss issues that are of critical importance to all of us. Right now, though the Forum page is listed in the menu, it’s password protected while we prep it for launch. If anyone wants to submit questions…

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Martin Rees just won the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion

Martin Rees just won the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion

Martin Rees just won the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion for 2011.  In response, the UK’s Guardian newspaper posted a somewhat cranky article here.  Here are some of their comments: In the journal Nature last month, Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, said the Templeton Foundation was “sneakier than the Creationists” and alleged that the organisation tried to instil religious values in science. “It claims to be on the side of science, but wants to…

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