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Flipping the Switch on Right and Wrong: Evolving Ethics in Science - Livestream

Juan Enriquez

Most people have a pretty strong sense of right and wrong and can be quick to judge others through that sharply focused ethical lens. What if everything you accepted about the notions of right and wrong changed… and all of a sudden you were the one being judged? History has shown that the lines that separate right from wrong move over time as circumstances evolve, and that advances in science and technology are often the driver of those shifts. What was once broadly acceptable becomes unthinkable. Burning heretics, previously considered a fair and just punishment is without doubt barbaric. Child marriage is no longer applauded as a family value. Slavery was practiced for thousands of years in societies spanning the globe before being deemed inhuman. Before we condemn our ancestors for these missteps, perhaps we should pause to ask ourselves what is likely to prompt the inevitable ethical realignment in our definitions of right and wrong. Join us for this provocative look at how our understanding of right and wrong is likely to evolve and how that evolution will be pushed by rapid changes in science and technology.

Speaker: Juan Enriquez, Consultant

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Wednesday, 12/09/20


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