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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2009

Edinburgh International Book Festival   20.08.2009






Thursday 20 August 2009, 7-8.15pm Belief in evolution: what does it mean?

Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago

Professor John Dupre, Director of ESRC Egenis Centre, University of Exeter

Professor John Hedley Brooke, University of Oxford

Professor Steve Yearley, (Chair) Director of ESRC Genomics Forum, University of Edinburgh

Friday 21 August 20 2009, 7-8.15pm Do we need to know our personal genetic data?

David Ewing Duncan, author

Professor Sarah Cunningham Burley, University of Edinburgh & Human Genetics Commission (HGC)

Professor James Ironside, (Chair) University of Edinburgh & Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

Dr Mary Porteous, University of Edinburgh

This event is also supported by the ESRC Innogen Centre

Thursday 27 August 2009, 7-8.15pm Genetics and identity in the year of 'Homecoming'

Dr Bruce Durie, University of Strathclyde

Gwyneth Lewis, writer, producer and National Poet of Wales (2005-2006)

Ken MacLeod (Chair), author, ESRC Genomics Forum writer in residence

Suhayl Saadi, author

Organised by

Emma Capewell 0131 651 4746, emma.capewell@ed.ac.uk


Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

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Event details

Event details

For the fourth year, the ESRC Genomics Forum is sponsoring a series of events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Further details are given below. For booking information click here or call the festival ticket office on 0845 373 5888.

Belief in evolution: what does it mean?

What does it mean to believe in evolution? What is the relationship between evolution and religious belief? 150 years since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, these questions continue to be debated. Come and discuss them with our distinguished panel including John Hedley Brooke, formerly Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University.

Do we need to know our personal genetic data?

It is now nearly ten years since scientists first mapped the human genetic code. At the time it was said to be a breakthrough that would revolutionise our understanding of human nature. In 2009, anyone with a few hundred pounds can get their individual genome scanned. But what difference, if any, does knowing our personal genetic data make? David Ewing Duncan, author of Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health and Our Toxic World, discusses his own experiences of genetic testing. This event is also supported by ESRC Innogen Centre.

Genetics and identity in the year of homecoming

The 2009 Year of Homecoming celebrates Scotland's national identity, encapsulated in the iconic figure of Robert Burns. But what defines our national self? How does it relate to our genetic inheritance? And how is it reflected in our country's literature? Celebrated Scottish science fiction author Ken MacLeod chairs a panel discussion including novelist Suhayl Saadi, author of Psychoraag, designated one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of all time, and other guests.

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