Norwich – Selfish Genes and Altruistic Animals: What can we learn about Ethics from Evolution?


7:30 pm - 8:45 pm


Trinity Meeting Place
Essex St, Norwich , NR2 2BJ
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Dr Peter Woodford (Dep Zoology, Cambridge)

“Why be nice rather than selfish? Altruism has been a special puzzle in the study of evolution since Darwin, but at the same time it has been a central value in Western ethical and religious thought for centuries. In this talk, Dr Peter Woodford will explain why altruism has been a puzzle for evolutionary thinking, and how new developments within the sciences have tried to resolve it. He will discuss examples of scientific research into altruism in both animals and humans. Finally he will offer some reflections on how this topic might lead us to think about the relationship between science and religion and its Implications for ethics and morality.  Evolution and altruism – what can we learn from biology?
7.30 – 8.45 pm
Trinity Meeting Place, Essex St, Norwich. NR2 2BJ