On Saturday March 5th 2011, the bees flew in silence, the trees stood in firmness and the students sat in harmony All prepared to listen to what Dr. Francis Sellers Collins sought to tell the next generation of African leaders at African Leadership Academy.
Ten students and two teachers were honored to have dinner with him only to discuss the various arguments he brought about in his books, including “The Language of Life”. Among those students were some future physicians who decided to discuss belief with the support of scientific evidence. Others decided to share their journey with doubt and belief to give the group some insights into how doubt could definitely lead to robust belief. Dr. Collins had a big fish in his plate but he was very interested in hearing about the students’ experiences that at some point his plate was the only one to stay full. Mr. Scudder, a biology teacher at ALA and a close friend of Collins, called the dinner to a close by a group picture of all the attendants.