This morning I spent 45 minutes, via Skype, with Professor John Willis’s Genetics and Evolution course (Bio 102L) at Duke University. It’s an introductory course for all biology majors, and they’re reading, among other things, Why Evolution is True. John, a University of Chicago Ph.D. who took my graduate classes, asked me to speak to the students via the internet. I took a few minutes at the beginning to explain why I wrote the book and who my audience was, and then fielded questions from the students.
You may be surprised at how many of them wanted to talk about religion and evolution. In my experience this is absolutely typical. It’s a pressing subject, one that, despite my membership in the Strident Gnu Atheists Club, I try to handle with respect, but without diluting my opinions.
If you want to see, the link is here. Start in at 14:25 (the stuff before it is the class preparing their questions). My part ends at 58:30, and the class continues its discussion for a while thereafter.
The audio is a bit wonky at the start, but improves dramatically after the call is re-started at around 19 minutes in.