Paul Wason is director of life sciences for the John Templeton Foundation. He works with scientists, theologians, philosophers and ministers on programs that feature the constructive engagement of the life sciences and studies of human nature with philosophy and religion. Paul is an anthropologist with a specialty in prehistoric archaeology. His research on inequality, social evolution and archaeological theory has been published as The Archaeology of Rank (Cambridge, 1994) and in other works, and he is currently studying the changing relations between religion, status and leadership throughout history, but especially in the European Neolithic. He is also interested in cultural evolution, especially questions of meaning and purpose in the living world and the world of human affairs.