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Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="115"] William G. Gilroy[/caption] Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology article: link Dec. 17, 2012 — As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good. The center generated its inaugural list with the help of…

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Nehdia Sameen It was our good fortune to have had Ned graciously contribute here over the years and to have had her provide some of our most insightful commentaries. She was very special, her star was in the ascendent, her trajectory toward a prodigious future when suddenly her soul opened to the "world of light".   The Fear of Life and Death Sri Aurobindo Death wanders through our lives at will, sweet Death Is busy with each intake of our breath. Why do you fear her? Lo, her laughing face All rosy with the light of jocund grace ! A…

Peter Heehs gets Visa Extension! Times of India

American historian Peter Heehs gets 1-year visa extension Times of India NEW DELHI: In a reprieve for controversial US historian Peter Heehs who faced deportation from India, the Union home ministry today extended his visa by one more year with effect from April 15. Home ministry sources said the formal order on extension of Heehs'a visa was issued today. Heehs, whose visa will expire on April 15, had applied for extension of his stay before the Puducherry Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO). But following complaints of some of the followers of Sri Aurobindo that the American historian has allegedly depicted…

‘Reflections on Machine Consciousness,’ by William Irwin Thompson

'The Borg or Borges?: Reflections on Machine Consciousness' by William Irwin Thompson Chap. 4 of Self and Society: Studies in the Evolution of Culture I've taken the liberty of typing in all of Chapter 4 of my copy of this important book, because it powerfully addresses one of the main themes of SCIY, the manifold relationships between science, culture, and consciousness. ~ ron 'The Borg or Borges?: Reflections on Machine Consciousness' "It is a paradox of the work of Artificial Intelligence that in order to grant consciousness to machines, the engineers first labor to subtract it from humans, as they…

Book Clubbed! by Pratap Bhanu Mehta The Indian Express (on the Lives of Sri Aurobindo)

Book clubbed The Indian Express Pratap Bhanu Mehta Crossfire over Heehs’s work says much about our public culture of readership India’s visa policy for scholars has long been a scandal unworthy of a liberal democracy. But the public culture of readership is even more disconcerting. Indian democracy now has to be defended book by book. The crossfire over legalities and free speech is obscuring a deeper point. Why is our public culture so hostile to arguments that display the slightest degree of sophistication? Why do we not want to look at any argument that nudges us out of our comfort…

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