SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ETHICS:
ANCIENT PERSPECTIVES AND MODERN CHALLENGES
HARVARD UNIVERSITY – BOSTON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Professor Mark Schiefsky
Professor and Chair, Department of the Classics Harvard University
Technology is sometimes viewed as a force that diminishes the creative possibilities of human life at the same time as it enhances material prosperity. This meeting will explore an alternative view that takes its inspiration from the ancient Greek conception of tekhnê as a form of knowledge that embraces art, craſt, and science. Gathering together an internationally renowned group of scholars, educators, and practitioners, the meeting will examine ways in which an appreciation of technology as tekhnê can help to bridge perceived gaps between the sciences (pure and applied), the arts, and the humanities.
A live stream of the event will be available at:
Harvard campus – The Science Center, Hall A. 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
9:30-11:00 Panel I–SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
An Anthropologist’s Angst: The place of the Civil and the Civic in the World Order of Knowledge
Constantinos Daskalakis, Associate Professor of Computer Science, MIT
Economics, Engineering and Computation
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Panel II–PHILOSOPHY
Sean Kelly, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
Physis, Techne, and Bestand
Albert Borgmann, Professor of Philosophy, University of Montana
What is Technological Literacy? Techne and Stoicheia
13:00-14:00 Lunch reception
Doctor, Something isn’t Right: on the Techne of Transforming a Patient’s Lack of Ease into a Disease
Joseph Brain, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
Determinants of Healthy Aging
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Panel IV–SCIENCE, ART AND BIO-ART
Visual Artist, Theorist, School of Visual Arts, NYC
Interweaving Traditional and Experimental Media
MIT Museum Director and Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology & Society Program
Science, Technology and Art: Hitting the Sweet Spot?
Constantinos Daskalakis is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the MIT, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and an affiliate of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Sys- tems (LIDS) and the Operations Research Center (ORC). He completed his undergraduate studies in Greece, at the National Technical University of Athens, and obtained a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Aſter Berkeley he was a postdoctoral researcher in Microsoſt Research New England, and has been at the faculty of MIT since 2009. Costis is interested in Algorithmic Game Theory and Applied Probability, particularly in computational aspects of markets and the Internet, in social networks, and in computational problems in Biology. Costis and his collaborators, Paul Goldberg and Christos Papadimitriou, were honored by the Game Theory Society with the first Game Theory and Computer Science Prize for their work on the Computational Complexity of Nash equilibria. Their same work was honored with the 2011 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize. Costis was also the recipient of the 2006 Best Student Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, a 2007 Microsoſt Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, a 2010 Sloan Foundation fellowship in Computer Science, and the 2011 MIT Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Sean Kelly earned a Sc.B. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an M.S. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University in 1989. Aſter several years as a graduate student in Logic and Methodology of Science, he finally received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He taught in Philosophy and the Humanities at Stanford and in Philosophy and Neuroscience at Princeton before joining the Harvard Faculty in 2006. His work focuses on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience. This gives him a broad forum: recent work has addressed, for example, the experience of time, the possibility of demonstrating that monkeys have blindsighted experience, and the understanding of the sacred in Homer. He has taught courses on 20th century French and German Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Perception, Imagination and Memory, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Literature.
George Khushf initially was trained as a civil engineer, receiving his B.S., summa cum laude from Texas A&M in 1984. His graduate studies were in religion and philosophy, with an M.A. thesis on Kierkegaard and Hegel in 1990, and a Ph.D. dissertation on herme- neutics in 1993, both from Rice University. While pursuing his graduate studies, he worked with the Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. In a two year post-doctoral position at Baylor College of Medicine he gained experience addressing ethical issues that arise in health care settings. In 1995 he moved to his current position at the University of South Carolina, where he is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Director of a Center for Bioethics that works with their medical school and teaching hospital. His research focuses on topics in bioethics and the philosophy of engineering and medicine. He regularly consults with state agencies, hospital systems, and engineering research teams to help address ethical and policy challenges that arise in their practices. He has published on topics ranging from concepts of health and disease, clinical reasoning and decision-making, administrative and organizational ethics, determination of death, human-machine interfaces, and nanobiotechnology.