Published on March 15, 2013 by Steve Donaldson  

The Samford University Center for Science and Religion has received a $170,000 research grant from the Randomness and Divine Providence initiative with funding provided by the John Templeton Foundation. Senior Center Fellows Dr. Steve Donaldson and Dr. Tom Woolley and Center Fellow Dr. Josh Reeves will serve as principle investigators in a two-year project entitled, "Who Pulls the Random Strings in Neural Evolution?" This project investigates the role of constrained randomness in simulations of the evolution of neural circuitry and considers potential ramifications of the anticipated scientific and mathematical findings with respect to a variety of significant theological and philosophical issues. Additional members of the project team include Dr. Bruce Atkinson, Dr. George Keller, and Dr. Wilton Bunch as well as several students (yet to be named).