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Alan I. Leshner

Entries by Alan I. Leshner

Exploring the Middle Ground Between Science and Religion

(1064) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Discussions about science and religion too often resemble one team lining up against the other. In this country, the science-religion interaction can be as aggressive as NFL football. Sometimes, however, a few serious players come onto the field and refuse to take a side. This disrupts the polarized conflict, and...

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How Science Museums Are Promoting Civil Religion-Science Dialogue

(323) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 7:37 AM

One of the most impressive aspects of the human origins exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History -- along with the only Neanderthal skeleton in the United States and realistic reconstructions of our ancestors -- is the completely interactive character of the hall. Visitors are encouraged to engage...

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Science, Religion and Civil Dialogue

(900) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 4:08 PM

I was not surprised by the findings of a recent Rice University survey that half of the top 1,700 U.S. scientists described themselves as religious. The scientific community, like any other group, includes people with many world views, from evangelicals to atheists.

Of course, some people in sociologist and survey...

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