18th Annual SHANTI (Peace) LECTURE
by Dr. Mark Lupisella
“How Modern Science Informs Ethics and Peace”
This presentation will explore bridges between science, philosophy, ethics and peace. It will explore how biological evolution and modern science can inform philosophy and ethics to help build a more peaceful world. Drawing from a book to be published next year, the talk will explore a relational philosophical framework, with an emphasis on cosmological worldviews, that can provide a broad context for the pursuit of peace, ethics and value theory.
Mark is an engineer, scientist and technical manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, supporting the Human Exploration Program. He has authored numerous publications on human space exploration, advanced altruism and the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence. He is the co-editor of “Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context”. He will soon be publishing a book tentatively titled, “Cosmological Theories of Value: Meaning and Purpose in Cosmic Evolution”. Mark has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, a Master’s degree in philosophy with an emphasis on philosophy of science and ethics, and B.S. in Physics.