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Monday, December 17, 2007

Shining STARS

The origins of life, subjectivity in foundational physics, and top-down causation are among the proposed study topics of the winning STARS interdisciplinary research teams for 2007. (STARS stands for "Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series.") The five teams, comprised of both scientists and humanities scholars, will each receive grants of 100,000 dollars to pursue research in their chosen fields. In 2008, two of the teams will receive another 200,000 dollars to explore their topics in further detail. STARS, a program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California, is concerned with discovering how science, "in light of philosophical and theological reflection, points toward the nature, character and meaning of ultimate reality." —Stephen Mapes