Science, Knowledge & Humanity: debating the future of progress

Venue: Tishman Auditorium, New School University

Location: New York, New York,

Event Date/Time: Oct 26, 2001 End Date/Time: Oct 28, 2001
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Friday, October 26th, Opening Plenary (evening):
What is it to be Human?: what science can and cannot tell us about human nature

Saturday, October 27th
Who's Afraid of Science?
Folklore versus Scientific Lore - Food Biotechnology
Folklore versus Scientific Lore - Alternative Medicine
Evening Plenary: The Future of Progress

Sunday, October 28th
The Ethics of Knowledge - Knowable but Unthinkable?
The Kennewick Man Dispute
Genetically Engineering People
Is the Future Human?

BRUCE AMES, UC Berkely (Biochemistry), author ‘Environmental Chemicals Causing Cancer and Birth Defetcs'
RON BAILEY, Science Editor, Reason Magazine, author ‘Ecoscam’
JEAN BETHKE ELSHTAIN, University of Chicago, author of ‘Who Are We? Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities’
D GRAHAM BURNETT, an Historian of Science and author of ‘Masters of All They Surveyed’ , is Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
NAPOLEON CHAGNON, Professor of Sociobiology, UCalifornia, Santa Barbara, author ‘The Yanomomo’ and ‘Adaptation and Human Behaviour’
IRENA CHALMERS, award-winning food writer, author, The Great Food Almanac
JAMES CHATTERS, paleoanthropologoist, author 'Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man and the First Americans'
JON ENTINE, author of 'Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It'
MIKE FITZPATRICK, London medical doctor and author of 'The Tyranny of Health'
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, John Hopkins University, author of ‘The End of History and the Last Man’, ‘Trust’ and ‘The Great Disruption’
FRANK FUREDI, Reader in Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, author of ‘Culture of Fear’ and ‘Population and Development’
NICK GILLESPIE, editor-in-chief, Reason Magazine
SARAH GLAZER, journalist and author of ‘Therapeutic Touch and Postmodernism in Nursing’
JEAN HALLORAN, Director of the Consumer Policy Institute, Consumers Union
ROBERT KRAUSE, Quinnipiac and Yale Universities, and Global Action Network
JOSEPH LEDOUX, New York University, author of 'The Emotional Brain'
KENAN MALIK, author of 'Man, Beast and Zombie: what science can and cannot tell us about human nature'
PHIL MULLAN, CEO of Cyberia Corporation and author ‘The Imaginary Timebomb’
VIRGINIA POSTREL, author 'The Future and Its Enemies'
EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, 'critic at large', New York Times, author ‘Emblems of Mind’
CHARLES SECRETT, Director of Friends of the Earth UK
ULLICA SEGERSTRALE, Illinois Institute of Technology, author 'Defenders of the Truth: the Sociobiology Debate'
ANDREW VICKERS, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Care Center, NYC and editor of 'Examining Complementary Medicine - The Skeptical Holist'
JACKIE WOOTTON, President of the Alternative Medicine Foundation and editor of the Journal of Alternative Medicine

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