Symposium briefs religion writers on science topics

The discovery of several thousand exoplanets over the last three decades has had profound implications for scientists and nonscientists alike, potentially rattling our understanding of humanity’s place in the universe, according to Jennifer Wiseman, director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. “What does that mean for our sense of human identity that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies, each filled with billions of stars and potentially billions of planets?” Wiseman asked an audience of religion writers at a 27 August symposium at the 66th Religion Newswriters Association conference in Philadelphia. Crash courses in astrobiology, artificial intelligence, and gene editing were on the program at the DoSER-organized event, which was part of an initiative to strengthen communication between scientists and religious communities. “We wanted to…

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