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"Enhancing the Human" symposium with Gregory Stock, Peter Sloterdijk,
Daniel Kevles, Paul Billings, Gregory Benford; UCLA, May 21

Genetic Crossroads
May 10th, 2000

A half-day symposium, co-organized by Gregory Stock's Program on

Medicine, Technology and Society and by the Goethe-Institut, is titled
"Enhancing the Human: Genomics, Science Fiction, and Ethics Collide."

Stock, a leading figure in the campaign advocating human germline
engineering, will moderate and deliver the keynote, "Future Human
Evolution: Reflections on the Challenges Ahead." For more on Stock's
Program, see <http://research.mednet.ucla.edu/pmts/>.

Peter Sloterdijk is the post-humanist German philosopher who has
stirred anger with his talk of "human breeding," the "human zoo,"
"steering reproduction," and "selektion," a German word that connotes
Nazi death camp procedures. Sloterdijk's UCLA talk is titled "The
Operable Human: Comments on the Ethical Dimension of Gen Technology."
For coverage of the Sloterdijk controversy, see "Anger as Philosopher
Revives Vocabulary of Third Reich,"
<http://www.philosophynews.com/news/19991001_habermas_vs_sloterdijk.htm>.

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 is titled
"Brave New Biologies: The Dream of Eugenics." Physicist and science
fiction writer Gregory Benford will speak on "Freedom and Franchise:
The Argument Against Control."

The symposium will take place Sunday, May 21, 1 pm to 6 pm, Room 100,
Moore Hall, UCLA. Free and open to the public. For reservations,
which are recommended, call 323-525-3388. For symposium info, see
<http://www.goethe.de/uk/los/enpkonf.htm> or
<http://research.mednet.ucla.edu/pmts/Goethe-Institu.htm>.


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