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The Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society, in the PES Auditorium In November, 2018 at the Second World Summit on Human Genome Editing, the birth of the first “CRISPR” babies (a pair of twins) was announced in Hong Kong. A “rogue” Chinese scientist, acting against guidelines created by national and international scientific societies, reported that he had used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit the DNA in human embryos and that the mother recently gave birth to two apparently healthy babies. The objective was to eliminate a gene that is believed to lead to HIV susceptibility. Scientists and politicians in the US and China) were surprised and outraged. Some of them are calling for increased regulation of human genetic research by government or scientific societies. Realistically, there is no way to stop the editing of human genes. At this event, co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Ethical Society, we will discuss ethical, social and economic implications of human genetic alteration, and the potential benefits of curing diseases and correcting or eliminating birth defects. We will also consider the potential for creating custom-designed babies with enhanced physical or mental abilities, and how these presumed benefits might be prioritized. Sandy Catz and Hugh Taft- Morales will be co-hosts. After a brief introduction to gene editing technology we will break into small discussion groups. Refreshments will be served. For more details and to RSVP, please visit either the PES Meetup website (https://www.meetup.com/phillyethics/) or the Thinking Society Meetup website (https://www.meetup.com/
Hugh Taft-Morales will lead a book discussion on the book, "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" about one of the most impressive historical figures in American history. All are invited, but please read the book first!
A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women who Desegregated America’s Schools Rachel Devlin, History Professor, Rutgers University Rachel Devlin offers the first new history of the struggle for school desegregation in more than four decades, revealing it as a grassroots movement led by girls and young women. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, young African American women and girls, almost exclusively, attempted to register at white schools, met with local white administrators and school boards, testified in court and talked with reporters about why they wanted to attend schools with white students. After Brown vs The Board of Education in Topeka, girls would continue to lead the effort, by volunteering, in vastly disproportionate numbers, to desegregate all-white schools in every region of the country. Devlin received her PhD from Yale. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, and author of Relative Intimacy: The Fathers, Adolescent Daughters and Postwar American Culture, and A Girl Stands at the Door.
Our Kids’ Ethics Program for children ages 6-12 is inspired by the motto, Deed before Creed. In class, the children develop vital critical thinking skills through discussion, stories and projects. Subjects relevant to their lives such as kindness, fairness, and respect in their relationships are an intrinsic part of the curriculum. If you have questions, please contact Nick Sanders, [masked]