Holyoake Lecture 2010: John Harris
|Date:||Thursday 21st October 2010|
|Time:||Doors open at 6:00pm for 6:30pm start|
|Venue:||St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ|
|Cost:||BHA members £6; £3 for students; £9 others|
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: The Main Hall, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ
For the British Humanist Association’s second annual Holyoake Lecture in Manchester, Professor John Harris speaks on Taking the “human” out of Humanism. The event will be chaired by humanist philosopher, Raymond Tallis.
Discovery and innovation are creating new technologies which challenge our notions of humanity to and beyond breaking point. These technologies will improve cognitive powers, extend life expectancy and enable us to interact intimately with machines. It is certain that in the future there will be no more human beings but we may hope that there will still be beings for whom the philosophy of humanism, almost certainly under a new name, is relevant and important.
John Harris is the Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester. He has written widely on biotechnology and ethics, including Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People, Clones Genes and Immortality, and On Cloning for the Thinking In Action series.
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