The evolution of rock


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Not many people combine the lives of a touring punk rock musician and university professor. Greg Graffin started the punk rock band Bad Religion while in high school in 1980, which is still going strong sixteen albums later. His interest in evolution also dates back to high school and he received his PhD from Cornell University in 2002 working with the eminent historian of science William Provine. His dissertation is titled “Evolution, Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalist Worldview.”

Greg has authored three books, Evolution and Religion, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God, and Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence. He lives in the vicinity of Cornell University and teaches a course on evolution for non-majors between tours. Hockey is an important part of his life and he plays on the same team as TVOL’s sports editor, Kevin Kniffin. The three of us met up for lunch at Cornell University’s Statler Hotel. Greg stressed that it should be a 3-way conversation and not an interview. We were happy to oblige.


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