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Stacey Ake

Stacey Ake

I am presently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the English and Philosophy Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. Previously, I was the Editor of Metanexus: The Online Forum for Science and Religion at the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science. From 1996-2000, I was at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen, where I was employed as a guest researcher, lecturer, and translator. While in Denmark, I met with the Spontaneous Order of Life group at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Biosemiotics Group at the Institute for Molecular Biology. 

I have a PhD in Biology (1994) as well as an MA (1994) and a PhD (1999) in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University.

My Biology PhD was on the population dynamics and genetics of E. coli among Mayan mothers and children of several villages of Campeche, Mexico. My work also included an anthropological and ecological analysis of the population dynamics. 

My Philosophy PhD was on the evolution of human consciousness--both phylogenically and ontogenically, beginning with the Edelman's notion of neural Darwinism, the language theories of Peirce and Percy, and the existential theologies of Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer. My Master's was on the conceptions of evil in the life and work of American Semiotician C. S. Peirce.

I have taught philosophy courses such as Aesthetics, Bioethics, Existentialism, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Film, and Philosophy of Science at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, USA, the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA, and at Denmark's Independent Study Program at the University of Copenhagen. I have also taught Anatomy and Introductory Neuroscience at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.

In my philosophical work, I am attempting to show continuity from the biological to the spiritual in the evolution of human consciousness while simultaneously trying to keep the tension of discontinuity. The relationship between language and consciousness, with its moral or ethical implications, is my major area of interest as I find interstitial areas to be the richest and most inviting.

Interpreting Evolution
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AAAS Report on Stem-Cells

AstroTheology: Religious Reflections on Extraterrestrial Life Forms

Agency: Human, Robotic and Divine
Becoming Human: Brain, Mind, Emergence
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Creativity, Spirituality and Computing Technologies
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E. Coli at the No Free Lunchroom
Engaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: An Adventure in Astro-Ethics
Evangelical Atheism: a response to Richard Dawkins
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Evolution: What Should We Teach Our Children in Our Schools?
Evolution and Providence
Evolution and Creation Survey
Evolution and Theology (GHC)
Evolution, Creation, and Semiotics

The Expelled Controversy
Faith and Reason: An Introduction
Faith in the Future: Religion, Aging, and Healthcare in the 21st Century

Francisco Ayala on Evolution

From Christian Passions to Scientific Emotions
Genetic Engineering and Food

Genetics and Ethics
Genetic Technologies - the Radical Revision of Human Existence and the Natural World

Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics
Getting Mind out of Meat
God and Creation: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Big Bang Cosmology
God, Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion
God the Spirit - and Natural Science
Historical Examples of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)
History of Creationism
Intelligent Design Coming Clean

Issues for the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies
Jean Vanier of L'Arche
Nano-Technology and Nano-ethics
Natural Science and Christian Theology - A Select Bibliography
Neuroscience and the Soul
Outlines of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)

Perspectives on Evolution

Physics and Theology
Quantum Mechanics and Theology (GHC)
Questions that Shape Our Future
Reductionism (GHC)
Reintroducing Teleology Into Science
Science and Suffering

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (CTNS/Vatican Series)

Space Exploration and Positive Stewardship

Stem-Cell Debate: Ethical Questions
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Stem-Cell Questions
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