|Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:
New Additions to WesleyNexus Links:
WesleyNexus is adding two new entries to the “Links” list on the homepage. The first, Defining
Wisdom (http://wisdomresearch.org/) is a $2 million research program on the nature and benefits of
wisdom launched by The University of Chicago. As stated on the homepage, “Once regarded as a
subject worthy of the most rigorous inquiries in order to discern its nature and benefits, wisdom is
currently overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation in many fields. Yet it is
difficult to imagine a subject more central to the human enterprise and whose exploration holds greater
promise in shedding light and opening up creative possibilities for human flourishing.” Of particular
interest to the WesleyNexus community is a series of articles titled the Rosewood Report based on the
2010 workshop among a small group of philosophers and psychologists that met at the Rosewood Inn
in Hastings, Minnesota. The eight part report can be found here: http://wisdomresearch.
In addition, we have added Edge.org to the list. Edge.org is a site filled with resources on a variety of
scientific topics with contributors including some of the best minds in their field. As the banner on the
home page states, “To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and
sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are
asking themselves.” This is what Edge.org has done. It can be found at www.edge.org.
Methodist Federation for Social Action Highlights WesleyNexus:
WesleyNexus thanks the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) for highlighting
WesleyNexus in their most recent e-newsletter. MFSA can be found here: http://mfsaweb.org/
Terrence Deacon Publishes New Book Just in Time for Christmas:
WesleyNexus tries to provide regular reviews of significant books but, since we are nearing the
Christmas season and participants may have time to tackle a large and significant book: we are
highlighting a “just released” book that promises to have significant impact. The book, Incomplete
Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter by Terrence Deacon was released on November 21.
Deacon is a professor of biological anthropology and neuroscience and is no stranger to those who
follow science and religion. It is a large book (over 500 pages) targeting topics such as mind,
computing, teleodynamics, information, evolution, the self, sentience and consciousness, just to name
a few subjects. The book promises significant riches for one’s time and effort. I am looking forward
to spending time with it over the holidays. As Bob Ulanowicz (a former member of the Washington
Theological Consortium’s Science and Religion Study Group) testifies on Amazon.com, “A profound
shift in thinking that in magnitude can only be compared with those that followed upon the works of
Darwin and Einstein.” All for just $16.47 plus shipping through Amazon.com. (Note: WesleyNexus
receives no compensation from Amazon.com for this recommendation.)
Dr. James Wiseman Delivers Lecture and Leads Discussion
On November 20, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., WesleyNexus co-sponsored with Good Shepherd United
Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, a Lecture/Discussion by Dr. James Wiseman, entitled
“What Does it Mean to say God Acts in Our World?” Dr. Wiseman is Associate Professor of
Theology at Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and serves as Abbot of the St. Anselm’
s Abbey. The presentation and slides can be found here and here.
DC Theology Pub Sponsors Book Discussion:
The DC Theology Pub will meet at Zorba's, 1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC on December 4,
2011 at 6:00 PM. The group will discuss Bruce Sanguin's book Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of
the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity (2007), a fascinating synthesis of faith and science! Sanguin
has written a lot on the topic of “how Christians can incorporate the theory of evolution into their
spiritual worldview in helpful, profound ways.” This latest book addresses evolution, but also
addresses the ecological crisis. The result is an interesting take on what it means to be a Christian and
science lover.” To register, you will need to join www.meetup.com and then register at http://www.
meetup.com/DC-Theology-Pub/events/38708872/. Dr. Glenn Zuber, founder of DC Theology Pub, is
the organizer of this event.
DoSER Holiday Lecture:
The Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program at the American Association for the
Advancement of Science will present on December 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM, a program exploring
“the power and limits of science and what it can tell us about the world.” The speakers will be MIT
nuclear engineer Ian Hutchinson and Harvard physicist Lisa Randall. They will offer perspectives on
such questions as: Is science the only reliable source of knowledge? Will it someday explain
everything, including human behavior, beliefs and values? And how are perceptions of scientific
authority affecting society at large?” RSVP by Friday, December 2, 2011 here. AAAS is located at
12th and H Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Free Courses Through Carnegie-Mellon and Yale University:
Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University are now offering college courses online for free!
Carnegie Mellon is offering courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology as well as other
courses. Additional courses are under development. Yale University is offering science courses and in
philosophy, religion and history as well. Professor Shelly Kagan’s course on Death may be of special
interest to our community. The Carnegie Mellon program can be found here and the Yale program
can be found here.
Have a wonderful holiday season and let us know if you find anything to share.
Rick Barr, Secretary, WesleyNexus
|November 27, 2011