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From our sponsors November 20, 2008

Posted by Alexandre Borovik in Uncategorized.

You may have heard the news already, but I am delighted to let you know that the John Templeton Foundation was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House yesterday. The citation praised the Foundation “for opening new frontiers in the pursuit of answers to mankind’s oldest questions.” Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. accepted on behalf of the Foundation. It is an award that belongs to everyone who has worked over the years to realize Sir John’s vision, and we thank all of you for your contributions to that effort.

Templeton Foundation among medal winners

By Bonnie L. Cook
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2008

The Bush administration yesterday named the John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken and 10 other parties winners of the National Humanities Medal for 2008.

During a ceremony in the White House East Room, nine people, a museum and the foundation were variously singled out for their scholarship, literary works, philanthropy and preservation efforts.

The other winners were: Gabor S. Boritt, a scholar and Civil War historian; Richard Brookhiser, biographer and historian; Harold Holzer, scholar and Civil War historian; Myron Magnet, journalist and author; Albert Marrin, children’s book author; Milton J. Rosenberg, radio-show host and scholar; Thomas A. Saunders III and Jordan Horner Saunders, philanthropists; Robert H. Smith, philanthropist; and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

The Templeton Foundation was praised “for opening new frontiers in the pursuit of answers to mankind’s oldest questions,” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities, which gave the awards.

Established in 1987 by the mutual-fund pioneer John Marks Templeton, the foundation distributes $70 million in grants every year to scientists and philosophers worldwide. The goal, the foundation Web site says, is to spur research on the “big questions” of our time.

“This vision is derived from Templeton’s belief that rigorous research and cutting-edge science are at the heart of human progress,” the Web site said.

Chief among the grants is the $1.6 million Templeton Prize, which goes to someone determined to be doing exemplary work in the area of spirituality.

Mother Teresa, the first Templeton Prize recipient, used her award money to help fund the Missionaries of Charity, which aided homeless children in Calcutta.

The Rev. Billy Graham and Dame Cicely Saunders, who established hospices in England to help those suffering from physical and mental ills, were other prize winners.

Most Templeton grants go to fund research at top universities in fields such as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief.

Contact staff writer Bonnie L. Cook at 215-854-2730 or bcook@phillynews.com.


1. ishi - December 25, 2008

ahh, so this explains why i find your book so flawed. you started with the (‘not even’) wrong set of axioms, though of course that is a matter of taste.

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