Past Exploring Ethics Forums

Past programs that were held by the Ethics Center.

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Our Robots, Our selves

Date & Time Wed, 03/04/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview * In Scientific American 2008, Bill Gates has called for a robot in every home by 2020. San Diego Science Festival In Japan, South Korea, and Norway, robots are quickly becoming the companions of the elderly, in some

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Evolution: Whose responsibility is it?

Date & Time Wed, 02/04/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview February 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, an anniversary that will be marked by numerous discussions about his work, which served as a basis for much of what we now understand as the theory of evolution.

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Race and Culture in Medicine

Date & Time Wed, 01/07/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview This panel explored the complexities of race and culture in the practice of medicine. Some of the questions addressed were: How do the concepts of race and culture alter the practice of medicine? In what ways might it be

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Retrospective: Science and ethics news stories of 2008

Date & Time Wed, 12/03/2008 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview This concluding Ethics CEnter event of 2008 reflected on some of the lead science stories in 2008. To address these issues we invited San Diego journalists, Bradley Fikes, Kenny Goldberg and Terri Somers, to join us in a

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Electronic Health Records: the Good, the Bad, and the Future

Date & Time Wed, 11/05/2008 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The health care system is rapidly moving from paper formats to electronic formats. It is modernizing much in the same way that financial systems in banks did decades ago. However, in the health care system, the new electronic

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Stronger, Higher, Faster: Do the wins justify the means?

Date & Time Wed, 09/03/2008 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The 2008 Olympics and competitive athletics in general increasingly confront us with questions about new means of enhancing human performance. As pharmacology, physiology, and technology continue to advance, we will be more and more challenged to re-define what

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Surveillance and Sensors: Who’s watching whom?

Date & Time Wed, 08/06/2008 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Advancements in camera, video, and sensor technology have led a variety of public and private organizations to track our movements and activities. Anonymous technicians are documenting our identity, constructing our profiles, logging our Internet use, monitoring our preferences,