Center for Science Writings debate: Redesigning Humanity, March 21

HOBOKEN, N.J. The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology presents the debate "Redesigning Humanity: How Far Should We Go?" on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The event, which will feature a debate between bioethicists Thomas Murray and James Hughes, will be held in the Bissinger Room, located in the Wesley J. Howe Center, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"Genetic engineering, stem cells, cloning, pharmaceutical drugs, artificial organs, brain implants and other advances can not only help us overcome disease; they may also allow us to acquire superhuman mental and physical capacities and even to become immortal. This is the hope of so-called transhumanists, who eagerly anticipate a future in which we can transcend our physiological and cognitive limits," said John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings.

"Redesigning Humanity" will feature a debate over the transhumanist vision between two leading bioethicists: Thomas Murray, president of the Hastings Center; and James Hughes, executive director of the World Transhumanist Association and of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies at Trinity College. This free event is open to the public, and will include light refreshments. For more information, visit www.stevens.edu/csw or contact Horgan at jhorgan@highlands.com.


Contact: Stephanie Mannino
Stevens Institute of Technology

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