DARWIN, GOD AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
If you accept evolutionary theory, can you also believe in God? Are humanbeings superior to other animals, or is this just a human prejudice? DoesDarwin have implications for heated issues like euthanasia and animalrights? Does evolution tell us the purpose of life, or does it imply that lifehas no ultimate purpose? Does evolution tell us what is morally right andwrong, or does it imply that ultimately
is right or wrong? In thisfascinating and intriguing book, Steve Stewart-Williams addresses theseand other fundamental philosophical questions raised by evolutionarytheory and the exciting new
eld of evolutionary psychology. Drawingon biology, psychology and philosophy, he argues that Darwinian sciencesupports a view of a godless universe devoid of ultimate purpose or moralstructure, but that we can still live a good life and a happy life within thecon
nes of this view.
is a lecturer in evolutionary psychology atSwansea University. Before taking this position, he completed his PhD atMassey University in New Zealand, and then did a postdoctoral fellowshipat McMaster University in Canada. His research and writing cover a diverserange of topics, including the placebo effect, the philosophy of biology, andtheevolution ofaltruismandmatingbehaviour.Hishobbiesincludeplayingthe guitar and solving the riddle of the meaning of life.