How should we react to the radical possibilities of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), human cloning, life extension, selection and modification of the genetics of embryos, novel reproductive technologies, and other means to direct the future of human evolution? Which possibilities should we fear, and which should we grasp? How should politics approach the breathtaking changes of "the biotech century"?
In this talk, Stefano Vaj offers a Promethean, pro-tech, transhumanist perspective on these topics, drawing on the ideas presented in his book Biopolitics: A transhumanist paradigm (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biopolitics-Transhumanist-Paradigm-Stefano-Vaj-ebook/dp/B00JYAJFRQ/).
About the speaker:
Stefano Vaj is a practising lawyer and a professor of New Technologies Law at Padua University, Italy. He is the author of several books on metapolitics, civilisational trends, and philosophy. He serves as the National Secretary of the Association of Italian Transhumanists.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 23th May 2015.
Venue: Room 252, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room 252 is on the 2nd floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.
Covering meeting costs:
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