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Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life

From: Elaine
Sent on: Friday, September 7, 2007 12:01 PM
 In the book being discussed at the SHSNY Book Club meeting this Thursday evening, 6:30-8pm, outspoken molecular biologist Lee Silver argues that a truly open and rational public dialogue on the promise of new genetic technologies will expose the folly of continuing to allow religious fundamentalists to impose needless restrictions on research by wrapping their religious objectives in scientific rhetoric.

 

Silver sees the obstructionists of the religious right finding allies among the left-leaning, post-Christian devotees of nature. Both groups recoil from the prospect of using new science to improve human genes or to re-engineer the plants and animals humans rely on for food. Both groups, Silver asserts, fail to realize that humans have been productively intervening in natural reproductive processes for millennia ? and should now use available tools to do so more aggressively, both to minimize suffering and to maximize ecological health.

 

This book will fuel precisely the kind of debate Silver recognizes as essential in a democracy sorting out perplexing scientific possibilities. September 13th, Muhlenberg Branch Public Library, 209 West 23rd Street (at 7th Ave), 3rd floor - yes elevator.

 

Secular Humanist Society of New York at shsny.org

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