The 2008 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
What is the Origin of Ethics?
Philosophers have debated this question for centuries. And now economists and evolutionary biologists are set to debate this at the annual Trottier Symposium. In honor of Charles Darwin's 150th anniversary of the publication of his Theory of Natural Selection, this year's Symposium brings together an international panel of experts in economics and evolutionary biology to see what economic theory and natural selection have to say about ethics and human development. Perhaps no one has influenced knowledge of life on Earth nor the life sciences as much as Darwin (1809-1882). His theory of evolution by natural selection is now THE unifying theory of the life sciences. Join us as two elements from the life science community are brought together to debate the Origin of Ethics.
McGill University is proud to host the fourth annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lorne Trottier and honouring his wish "to hold a public forum to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society today".
November 6, 2008
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Stephen Leacock Building, Room 132
Reception to follow
General admission - limited seating
The debate will be available via delayed webcast and taped for television.
For additional information contact:
The Symposium Office at
via trottiersymposium [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email)
Cette conférence sera prononcée en anglais et traduite simultanément en français.