Deschutes Public Library News
What Makes Us Human?
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 6/3/2003
Join Gregory L. Fowler, Ph.D. on Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. for the thought provoking “Redefining Humanity: Moral and Ethical Implications of Genetic Engineering.” The program will be held in the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall).
Not since Charles Darwin put forward his theory of evolution have natural scientists sparked such broad rethinking of bedrock questions: What does it mean to be human? What is it that makes us who we are? Are all of our traits coded into our cells, or is there something deeper and more mysterious? Are we the sum of our genetics – our DNA – or are there greater possibilities?
This program reframes the age-old tension between free will and predestination by examining advances in human cloning, stem cell research, nanochip technology, human embryo implantation, and human germ cell manipulation. Audiences will consider the wide spectrum of key policy choices that need to be made in the wake of geneticists’ unveiling of the complete sequence of the human genetic code.
Dr. Fowler’s presentation is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. OCH is dedicated to providing opportunities for life-long learning in communities throughout Oregon. For more information about the program, please visit Deschutes Public Library at www.dpls.us or call 312-1032.