Templeton Money Intended to Influence?

Jerry Coyne has published his last word on the Templeton Prize, and it contains some tell tale quotations. John Horgan’s experience as a Templeton journalism fellow lets on to some of Templeton’s expectations:

One Templeton official made what I felt were inappropriate remarks about the foundation’s expectations of us fellows. She told us that the meeting cost more than $1-million, and in return the foundation wanted us to publish articles touching on science and religion. But when I told her one evening at dinner that — given all the problems caused by religion throughout human history — I didn’t want science and religion to be reconciled, and that I hoped humanity would eventually outgrow religion, she replied that she didn’t think someone with those opinions should have accepted a fellowship. So much for an open exchange of views.

Is Templeton upfront about their expectations before they award their fellowships? This expectation of their fellows seems to me to taint their intentions with their Templeton Prize. Is it in recognition of work done to that point, or is it intended to influence work done in the future? To make a bunch of Deepak clones?

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One Comment on “Templeton Money Intended to Influence?”


  1. The Templeton foundation is using secularists to bolster an image of a more advanced / modern flavor of supernaturalism. The recent $1.6 mm prize awarded to astrophysicist Rees, an atheist, is proof positive of that.


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