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The God solution

conway_morris.jpgProfessor Simon Conway Morris, of the School of Earth Sciences at  Cambridge University, gave this spring’s Studies / Iona Institute lecture at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin, on 21 February. Using a Powerpoint presentation, he gave a fascinating description of the origins, diversification and convergence of species. A practicing member of the Church of England, Prof. Conway Morris has provoked controversy by his religious views among more secular-minded colleagues. He is a particularly strong critic of Richard Dawkins’ recent bestseller, The God Delusion. One of the world’s leading palaeontologists, his most recent book, in its title alone, explains many of his views. It is called Life’s solutions: inevitable humans in a lonely universe. The next lecture in the series will be on 2 October: Professor Keith Ward’s topic will be “Is religion dangerous?”