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Braden Allenby
Braden Allenby
Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University

"Mind, Body, Machine: The Human Design Space 2"
The Commons

Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Commons, Spooner Hall

For the past 3 million years, humans have used science and technology to design their external inorganic and organic space for their evolutionary benefit. Mind, Body, Machine addresses phase two of the human design space-using science and engineering to design our internal space for our evolutionary benefit. Genetic engineering promises human bodies by menu for gender, color, physiognomy, physique, and other physical properties. Neuroengineering promises brains by menu for cognition, imagination, creativity, memory, alertness, processing, emotion and other neurological properties. Synthetic biology promises new life forms by menu for various applications internal and external to the human body, e.g., microbes for bodily repair and enhancement.

Underlying this new human design space is our notion of progress and the moral sensibilities (ethics, values, safeguards, etc.) inherent in stewarding that progress. One lesson from the past is that progress in science and engineering tends to leapfrog moral/ethical sensibilities-a lesson often presaged by art and literature (e.g., science fiction).

Braden R. Allenby is currently Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University. He is the author of Reconstructing Earth: Technology and Environment in the Age of Humans (2005), and Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering (2009). He is a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University in 1972, his J. D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, his Masters in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his Masters in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers in 1992.

Dr. Allenby's lecture interruptus is open to the public and will include a lecture presentation interposed with segments of film and music. A question and answer session the next morning will provide members of the public, faculty, staff and students with a second opportunity to discuss the theme.

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