The Dharma in DNA: Intersections of Buddhism and Science
with Dee Denver, OSU College of Science
Science of the West and Buddhism of the East have been separated in time and space for most of their respective histories, but recent dialogue between these two traditions has revealed many unexpected points of harmony. Science and Buddhism share a value in logic and reason in shaping their respective worldviews.
Areas of discord remain. Science uses experimentation and observation to look out at the world. Buddhist practice emphasizes meditation to achieve awareness. In science, it is common to consider the scientist as an independent, neutral observer, whereas Buddhism argues that this is, in fact, impossible.
This presentation will first offer a brief overview of the Buddhist tradition and philosophy. It will treat the Buddhist view on the nature of reality as a scientific hypothesis and test it using the famous DNA molecule as the target of analysis. The results might surprise you. Prepare to participate in an historical re-enactment!
Dee Denver is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and also the Director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2002. His research team studies the evolution of genomes and symbiotic relationships in nematodes and anemones. In 2012, he was a visiting research professor at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, where he did research for an ongoing book project focused on the intersections of Buddhism and biology.
Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by OMSI, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at Oregon State University.
$5 suggested donation.
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