A half-day symposium, co-organized by Gregory Stock's Program
Medicine, Technology and Society and by the Goethe-Institut,
"Enhancing the Human: Genomics, Science Fiction, and Ethics
Stock, a leading figure in the campaign advocating human germline
engineering, will moderate and deliver the keynote, "Future
Evolution: Reflections on the Challenges Ahead." For more
Program, see <http://research.mednet.ucla.edu/pmts/>.
Peter Sloterdijk is the post-humanist German philosopher who
stirred anger with his talk of "human breeding," the
"steering reproduction," and "selektion,"
a German word that connotes
Nazi death camp procedures. Sloterdijk's UCLA talk is titled
Operable Human: Comments on the Ethical Dimension of Gen Technology."
For coverage of the Sloterdijk controversy, see "Anger
Revives Vocabulary of Third Reich,"
Paul Billings of the Council for Responsible Genetics and GeneSage
will present "Zeus's Revenge: Myths, Moxie and Human Genetic
Enhancement." Historian of science Daniel Kevles' talk
"Brave New Biologies: The Dream of Eugenics." Physicist
fiction writer Gregory Benford will speak on "Freedom and
The Argument Against Control."
The symposium will take place Sunday, May 21, 1 pm to 6 pm,
Moore Hall, UCLA. Free and open to the public. For reservations,
which are recommended, call 323-525-3388. For symposium info,