William Hurlbut completed his undergraduate and M.D. degrees at Stanford University. He followed this work with postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics at both Stanford University and independent theological studies at the Institute Catholique de Paris. Since 1985, he has been a physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues of advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies of the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. In 1999, Dr. Hurlbut visited MIT as a co-chair of the “Empathy, Altruism and Agape” symposium, which discussed perspectives on love in science and religion. Since 2002, he has served the nation as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. He has authored numerous publications, including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue.