Dr. Roberta Millstein: Genetically Modified Food

Join us for dinner at Bambu at 6pm and a talk by UC Davis professor Dr. Roberta Millstein at 7:30.

From the UT Dallas website

"Roberta Millstein: Genetically Modified Food: Feeding the World or Fouling the World?
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: Free
Season:[masked]

Roberta L. Millstein is a professor of philosophy at UC Davis, a member of the STS Program Committee, and is affiliated with the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Professor Millstein’s current research focuses on intersections between evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental issues. She has published and edited in many journals including Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

With so much at stake, the debates over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become increasingly heated. For example, GMO proponents accuse GMO critics—who sling terms like “Frankenfood,”—of being anti-science. This assumes that the debate over GMOs is exclusively a debate over science. But is it? To what extent are values a part of the debate? And are the relevant scientific findings exclusively on the side of the GMO proponents? Are the health concerns and the environmental concerns equally worrisome? Do we need GMOs to feed the world? Dr. Millstein will argue that there is reason for us to proceed more slowly and carefully than we have been, and to support the labeling of GMOs and foods that contain GMOs."

Please indicate in your RSVP whether or not you'll join us for dinner.

UTD parking info here: http://www.utdallas.edu/parking/visitor-information.html

Note: It might go without saying that Professor Millstein will be presenting her own views, not those of FoFD, UTD, or perhaps anyone else.  This topic can be a controversial one, even in the freethought community.  Anyone who doesn't like such controversy is of course welcome not to come.

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  • Daniel G.

    Thanks Justin for hosting this meetup.

    1 · April 24

  • Tammy

    We're at the table in the back. Under the red painting.

    April 23

  • Kristen

    I will meet up with you guys at the talk.

    April 23

  • Tim

    I'm at Bambu early. I can grab a table if we have a final count on dinner. Or I can go to the Christian Science Reading Room next door until people arrive. :P

    April 23

  • Rob K.

    Apologies, must cancel.

    April 23

  • Will W.

    And what the F*#$ is a Philosopher of Biology anyway?

    April 6

    • Melanie C.

      Daniel Dennett is apparently one, or so it says on his Wikipedia entry, FWIW.

      1 · April 7

    • Will W.

      Being a true skeptic, I'm always open to learning and change. I stand corrected. (I still think it's a silly name, but that's my own opinion. :-) )

      April 8

  • Will W.

    Everyone who goes to this talk should read this first:

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine...­

    1 · April 6

    • Will W.

      Thank you, Melanie.

      April 8

  • Melanie C.

    I feel it's time to remind people of the premise of freethought: " "It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence." William James Clifford

    April 8

    • Melanie C.

      Freethought doesn't mean we believe whatever we want without research.

      April 8

  • Will W.

    My well honed SkeptiSpidey sense is starting to tingle. My BS meter is starting to register a signal.

    April 6

  • Will W.

    My spidey-skeptisense/BS meter goes off when the person being brought on to speak is a philosophy professor, not a biology professor. I'll pass.

    January 2, 2014

    • Will W.

      You can choose your own opinion, not your own facts.

      April 6

    • Will W.

      And what the heck is a "Philosopher of Biology"?

      April 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love information

    March 4

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