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FUTURE SHOCK: High Technology and the Human Prospect

with Bill Joy, Ray Kurzweilvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, December 7, 2001

Computers more intelligent than humans? Self-replicating molecular robots? Virtual immortality? These may sound like science fiction, but some reputable computer scientists are predicting they will happen within the next several decades. What will our world be like if and when our machines surpass us in intelligence? Do the advances in biotechnology, robotics, and nanotechnology, which make intelligent machines possible, pose dangers of their own? Should we embrace such a future or try to stop it?

THE RULES OF THE GAME: Just War Doctrine

with Rev. Robert Sirico, Rev. William McLennan, Rabbi Daniel Lapinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Thou Shalt Not Kill—perhaps the most famous moral commandment in the western world. And yet Judeo-Christian religious leaders have also created a doctrine that can justify killing—commonly known as Just War Doctrine. What sort of military action does Just War Doctrine permit and what sort does it proscribe? Is America's campaign against terrorism a just war?

DIVISIONS AND DECISIONS: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research

with Irving Weissmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 25, 2001

In August of 2001, President Bush announced his decision to limit federal funding of stem cell research to already established lines of embryonic stem cells, while forbidding funding for any research that required the destruction of additional human embryos. But his decision ended neither stem cell research nor the debate over the ethics of such research. How do we weigh the medical benefits of this research against the destruction of embryos? Where do we draw the line on research using human embryos and are we on a slippery slope toward even more controversial research?

POP GOES THE CULTURE: Pop Culture

with Michael Medved, John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Every year it seems that popular culture goes a little bit further—bigger explosions, more action, more violence, more sex... Is pop culture harmless or should we be concerned about the values presented in pop culture and the effects those presentations have on society? For instance, what is the connection between depictions of violence in films and on television and the incidence of violence in real life? If pop culture is having a negative impact on our society, what should we do about it?

DARWIN'S GHOST: Sociobiology and Human Behavior

with Paul Ehrlich, Jeffrey Schloss, Lionel Tigervia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 1, 2001

What can evolutionary science tell us about human behavior? During the past thirty years, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists have begun applying Darwinian concepts, such as natural selection and survival of the fittest, to the study of behavior. Are social characteristics, such as aggression, love, and courtship, determined by our evolutionary past and encoded into our genes like physical attributes, such as walking upright or hair color? Are we slaves to our DNA, or does genetic determinism fail to explain fully what it means to be human?

Defining Moments

by Mark Bowdenvia Policy Review
Thursday, February 1, 2001

Mark Bowden on The Mystery of Courage by William Ian Miller

Fires of Hatred

by Norman M. Naimarkvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Although the term ethnic cleansing became part of the lexicon only with the Balkan wars of the 1990s, the brutal practices the term describes occurred with numbing frequency during the past century. Hoover fellow Norman M. Naimark on what causes ethnic cleansing—and how it can be stopped.

The Virtue of Prosperity

by Dinesh D’Souzavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Is the impact of the new technocapitalist economy a net plus or net minus for society as a whole? Hoover media fellow Dinesh D’Souza on the moral conundrum of success.

The Anxiety of Prosperity

by Elizabeth Arensvia Policy Review
Friday, December 1, 2000

Elizabeth Arens on The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an Age of Techno-Affluence by Dinesh D'Souza

Books

Morality and Work

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Examining some of the special ethical dimensions of work, the contributors look at the basic issues of the labor market and offer some controversial alternatives to conventional ways of understanding that market. Morality and Work confronts issues with a bold, candid approach that is sometimes unsettling but always thought-provoking.

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