Templeton Prize next week!

April 1, 2011 • 7:48 am

Some lucky accommodationist is going to pocket one million pounds next week—on Wednesday, when the 2011 Templeton Prize is announced.  Templeton’s blurb states that the prize will be announced at 11 a.m. London time on April 6.  And it will be given by none other than Prince Philip, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace (oh, how that money corrupts everyone).   Given that the award will be made in London, its recipient may well hail from the UK. (Last year’s prize, given to California evolutionist Francisco Ayala, was announced at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C.)

We’ve already had a bunch of guesses for the prize in a previous post, but in light of this new information, feel free to guess here as well.

35 thoughts on “Templeton Prize next week!

  1. Given the London location, and his sterling work on the interface between science and faith, I can only guess the recipient will be one Richard Dawkins.

    1. One problem with this scenario (which, I know, I share) is that, while promoting conversation, Wilson has explicitly rejected compatibility. From Consilience:

      The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. Acceptance of the supernatural conveyed a great advantage throughout prehistory, when the brain was evolving. Thus it is in sharp contrast to biology, which was developed as a product of the modern age and is not underwritten by genetic algorithms. The uncomfortable truth is that the two beliefs are not factually compatible. As a result those who hunger for both intellectual and religious truth will never acquire both in full measure.

  2. My S.O. told my folks at dinner that Prince Philip is a twit (having worked with him a decade earlier). [A few family members had just remarked on how nice he seems.] I just love the British way of saying what you really think (at least when backed up by evidence).

    1. He is not even British. He belongs to Trine! He was born in Corfu into the ‘Greek’ royal family who were Oldenburgs, really more German than Danish. He is infamous for shooting from the hip –
      Sometimes it is refreshing, but asometimes not… gaffes? He’s got em!

        1. This week I read an article about him opening a hostel for Deaf youths in the 50s or 60s. He commented on the man translating to sign language, that he would be good as a bookie on a racecourse. (If that is meaninless search Tic-Tac). Not gross but cringe making to someone today if you know Deaf people.

          1. And to a group of Deaf chlldren in Wales near a Jamaican steel band: “If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.”

            He is an oaf, but not apparently gaga yet: he was on TV tonight visitng Wills’ airforce base with Ms Windsor

      1. He did say the word ‘science’ once before though. In public too.

        In fact he got the words ‘born-again’, ‘evangelical’ and ‘science’ all into the same talk.

        But he also used the words ‘Dawkins’ and ‘Hawking’ approvingly later on in the speech, and I think that’s an automatic disqualifier.

        Link to transcript of speech:

    1. ‘Vicinity’ – I really am hopeless. and I will probably miss Caturday felids due to awayness…!

  3. Doesn’t ‘Phil the Greek’ normally present the award every year?
    He’s certainly presented it in the past at Buckingham palace so there’s nothing out of the ordinary to hear that he will be doing so again this year (service as usual at Templeton tower).
    It just shows what (and who) you can buy when you have a slush fund of several billion dollars available.

  4. That explains a lot– specifically the following announcement that came to my inbox recently. Competition for the esteemed Templeton Prize must be fierce; I figure one or more of the scheduled speakers are making a stretch run. [Given all the BS that we have to deal with here in the Madison area, do we really need this, too?]

    Science and Faith – Saturday, April 2, 9 am—4 pm

    Modern Science and Religious Faith: A Thoughtful Partnership

    In contemporary culture, science and religious faith are often thought to be unrelated, incompatible or even at odds with each other. Does one have to discard religious faith to engage in science or to adopt a view of the world informed by the best science? How does one reconcile the different views of the world presented by science and the Bible; or are they perhaps less different than we imagine? How does religious faith inform our approach to today’s most pressing issues in science and medicine? In this one-day seminar we’ll explore these questions and more. Topics include:

    • Myths in the History of Science and Religion
    o Speaker Ronald L Numbers, Professor of History of Science and Medicine at UW-Madison

    • Evolution or Creation: a False Dichotomy?
    o Speaker: Jeff Hardin, Professor of Zoology at UW-Madison

    • Interpreting the Bible’s Creation Stories
    o Speaker: Tim Mackie, PhD in Hebrew Bible from UW-Madison and Teaching Pastor at Blackhawk Church

    • Faith-Based Approaches to Medical Research
    o Speaker: Cynthia Carlsson, Professor of Internal Medicine at UW-Madison

    • Faith-Based Approaches to Environmental Ethics
    o Speaker: Rick Lindroth, Professor of Ecology at UW-Madison

  5. Naah, London’s just a smokescreen to heighten the surprise when they announce the winner’s a Drosophila geneticist at U Chicago.

  6. oh, how that money corrupts everyone

    Errr … I highly doubt Templeton were the ones to corrupt Phil the Bigot. He’s done a pretty good job of that, himself.

  7. Stephen Fuller for his brilliant work supporting the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller, even though he was hired by the defense.

    Talk about fair and balanced!

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