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Searching for Answers to Cosmic Questions

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Science  21 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5418, pp. 1258
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5418.1258

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The laws of nature are "cold and impersonal," pronounces physicist Steven Weinberg. The world is "shot through with signs of mind," counters physicist John Polkinghorne. Debate of this kind is not standard fare for your average scientific conference--unless it's one sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation (see main text). The organization has trotted out this polarized pair at several fora across the country, including "Cosmic Questions," an event held last month at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.