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Friday, February 8, 2008

Barbara King Speaks

Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, and author of Evolving God, will speak at the AAAS annual meeting next week. As part of a group of panelists that will talk about "Communicating Science in a Religious America," King will tackle an idea she calls the "confessional" or "testimonial," in which scientists declare and share their personal religious (or nonreligious) beliefs. For King, these declarations—whether Christian, atheist, or agnostic—are harmful to the goal of presenting a rational and evidence-based approach to science. —Kaitlin Shimer