Harvard Science, a section of the Harvard Gazette, has a piece on the talk I gave last week at the University Museum. The report, “The whys of religion vs. evolution,” is actually a pretty accurate of what I said. There was a fair dollop of religion stuff at the end, but the audience didn’t seem to mind: Harvard is probably a hotbed of unbelievers anyway.
I’m told that the video will be put up within a week or so. I think it went pretty well judging from the audience reaction, the questions, and the number of people who bought my book afterwards. And thank Ceiling Cat for that: in the audience were many Harvard luminaries, including my own adviser Dick Lewontin, anthropologist Richard Wrangham (who posits that the domestication of fire helped promote the enlargement of the human brain), Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak (helped discover telomerase), and lots of Harvard biology faculty and students (many of whom I knew), not to mention the 300 or so members of the educated/interested public (it was an overflow crowd, so about 50 people had to stand in the aisles). I usually don’t get nervous before talks, but this was an occasion for perspiration. I couldn’t afford to blow that one!
h/t: Andrew Berry