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5:30 PM Should Biologists (and Other Scientists) use the terms 'Soul' and 'Human Nature?'

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Room 3-270

5:30 PM

A lecture by Prof. Stephen Meredith (University of Chicago)

Free and open to the public. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the Tech Catholic Community.

Speaker Bio:

Stephen Meredith grew up in Nooo Yawk, as the natives call it, but he managed
to escape. He was educated, or, at least, went to school at Brandeis University,
Washington University and The University of Chicago, and accumulated an MD,
which he doesn’t use, and a PhD degree in Biochemistry, which he does use.
Lacking imagination, he spent his entire career at The University of Chicago,
where he is Professor of Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Neurology, and The College; he is also Associate Faculty in the Divinity School.
His left brain studies the structure of amyloid fibrils using solution and solid-state
NMR spectroscopy and other biophysical techniques. (Amyloid is widely
believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and many other neurogenerative
diseases, as well as diseases outside of the nervous system.) Using his right
brain, he teaches courses on Thomas Aquinas (“Thomas Aquinas on God,
Being, Evil and Human Nature”), James Joyce (James Joyce’s Ulysses), “The
Problem of Evil”, and Dostoevsky (Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov),
among others. His beautiful wife, Behnaz, sometimes keeps him out of trouble.