Scientific Insights into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life

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Plenary Session 31 October - 4 November 2008
W. Arber, N. Cabibbo, M. Sánchez Sorondo (eds)
Acta 20
Vatican City, 2009
pp. LXVII-622
ISBN 978-88-7761-097-3.

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Papst Benedikt XVI. über „Schöpfung und Evolution“ (PDF)
Kardinal Dr. Christoph Schönborn


The Reflections of Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI on Evolution (PDF)
Christoph Card. Schönborn


Session I – INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE


From a Simple Big Bang to Our Complex Cosmos (PDF)
Martin J. Rees


Scientific Quest into Evolution of Life in the Universe (PDF)
Govind Swarup


The Origin of the Universe (PDF)
Stephen Hawking


What We Know, and What We Don’t Know, About the Universe (PDF)
Vera C. Rubin


Galaxy Evolution (PDF)
José G. Funes


Rigorous Logic in the Theory of Evolution (PDF)
Antonino Zichichi


Session II – INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE


The Search for the Chemistry of Life’s Origin (PDF)
Albert Eschenmoser


The Birth of Oxygen (PDF)
John Abelson


The Genetic Code and Evolution (PDF)
Marshall W. Nirenberg


The Role of Chance in Evolution (PDF)
Giorgio Bernardi

Bacterial Evolution: Random or Selective? (PDF)
Rafael Vicuña


From Microbial Genetics to Molecular Darwinism and Beyond (PDF)
Werner Arber


Session III – INSIGHTS INTO HUMAN EVOLUTION


Why it is Useful to Know the Modern Theory of Evolution (PDF)
Luigi L. Cavalli-Sforza and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza


The Future of Life (PDF)
Christian de Duve


The Evolutionary Origin and Process of the Central Nervous System: Comparative Genomics Approach (PDF)
Takashi Gojobori


Genetic and Epigenetic Shaping of Cognition – Prerequisites of Cultural Evolution (PDF)
Wolf Singer


The Language of God (PDF)
Francis S. Collins


The Bunch of Prehumans and the Emergence of the Genus Homo (PDF)
Yves Coppens


Culture in Hominization and its Implications in an Evolutionary View (PDF)
Fiorenzo Facchini


Cognition, Consciousness, and Culture: Understanding Human Cognition and its Grounding in a Primate Brain (PDF)
Stanislas Dehaene


Session IV – THEOLOGICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND SOCIETAL ASPECTS


Evolution and Creation: How to Terminate with a False Opposition Between Chance and Creation an Epistemological Note (PDF)
Jean-Michel Maldamé


The Human Being – God’s Plan or Just Sheer Chance? (PDF)
Ulrich Lüke


The Catholic Church and Evolutionary Theory: A Conflict Model (PDF)
Gereon Wolters


La doctrine philosophique et théologique de la Création chez Thomas D’Aquin (PDF)
Georges Card. Cottier


Naturalness and Directing Human Evolution a Philosophical Note (PDF)
Jürgen Mittelstrass


Session V – IMPACT OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES: EVOLUTION, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND PUBLIC PERCEPTION


Evolution as Science and Ideology (PDF)
Stanley L. Jaki


Plant Breeding as an Example of ‘Engineered’ Evolution (PDF)
Ingo Potrykus


Digital Intelligence: The Evolution of a New Human Capacity (PDF)
Antonio M. Battro


The Teaching of Evolution (PDF)
Pierre J. Léna


The Latest Challenge to Evolution: Intelligent Design (PDF)
Maxine F. Singer

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