02/25/2018: The Biological Basis for Morality

Charles Darwin 1809-1882

10:30-11:30, KUUF Sanctuary, Gary W. Sykes – When Charles Darwin discovered the scientific Law of Natural Selection, he opened the door to an exploration of both the origins of humankind and the possibility of a more precise understanding of human nature. Recent evidence in evolutionary biology provides support for a more complete picture of who we are as a species and the bases for religious behavior. The talk will raise questions about the extent to which our culture resonates with the evidence so far about who we are.

Gary W. Sykes holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. Degrees in political science from The Pennsylvania State University. He also received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Criminology from the University of Virginia. He served on the faculties of Penn State University as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Berea College, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Louisville, and has held associate faculty positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas. Gary and his wife, Bonnie, who are members of KUUF, moved to Port Orchard, WA in August, 2016 in order to be near their daughter, son-in-law and grand children who live in the area.

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