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Beyond Human? Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature

Nov
15
Fri
Nov 15, 2013
Friday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Smullin Health Education Center
Medford, OR

Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields—challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human?

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If you have difficulty registering online, please contact Alexander Krach at alexander.krach@asante.org or 541-292-3977

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No charge.

Description

Throughout history religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature.

Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields—challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human?

This is the focus of “Beyond Human? Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature,” a free conversation with Prakash Chenjeri.

This program is hosted by Asante and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Oregon Humanities Project

Prakash Chenjeri, PhD - Philosophy Professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR

Conversation Leader Profile

Prakash Chenjeri is an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophy Program at Southern Oregon University, where he has taught since 1995. He was educated both in his native India and the United States. He teaches a wide variety of subjects, including moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and issues at the intersection of science and religion.

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Prakash Chenjeri is an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophy Program at Southern Oregon University, where he has taught since 1995. He was educated both in his native India and the United States. He teaches a wide variety of subjects, including moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and issues at the intersection of science and religion. Chenjeri’s research and teaching interests focus on topics related to the role of scientific literacy in modern society and ways to engage in thoughtful dialogue about these and other issues in the context of participatory democracy. Chenjeri writes and lectures on these and related topics around the country. He is a member of several professional organizations, and serves on the ethics committee at Asante Ashland Community Hospital.

Chenjeri’s program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities, which connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Instructor(s)

  • Prakash Chenjeri, PhD

Contact

Alex Krach, RN at 541-789-2900 or send an email

Schedule & Location

Schedule

Date Time Location Instructor
1. Fri, November 15 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Smullin Health Education Center Prakash Chenjeri, PhD

Location Details

  • Smullin Health Education Center
    2825 E. Barnett Rd.
    Medford, OR 97504

2650 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR 97504

541-789-7000