D.C. Area Reasonoids: Hayyã 'Alã-s-Salah!



The Donald and Paula Smith Family Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Reason magazine present Ronald Bailey, Eric Cohen, Joel Garreau, and Nick Gillespie debating cloning, stem-cell research, and other aspects of biotechnology on Thursday, August 25.


A free-for-all discussion about cloning, stem-cell research, and other aspects of biotechnology featuring RONALD BAILEY, author of LIBERATION BIOLOGY: THE SCIENTIFIC AND MORAL CASE FOR THE BIOTECH REVOLUTION; ERIC COHEN, editor of THE NEW ATLANTIS; and JOEL GARREAU, author of RADICAL EVOLUTION: THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF ENHANCING OUR MINDS, OUR BODIES–AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN. Moderated by NICK GILLESPIE, editor-in-chief of REASON.

Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres to follow remarks and Q&A.


7-9PM, Thursday, August 25


Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC

RSVP: Space is limited, so please reserve a slot by RSVPing to John Thrasher at mailto:jthrashe@gmu.edu

This event is cosponored by the Donald and Paula Smith Family Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Reason.

About the participants:

RONALD BAILEY is the science correspondent for Reason magazine and the author of Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case for the Biotech Revolution. His work has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other places. He is the editor of Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (2002), Earth Report 2000: Revisiting The True State of The Planet (1999), and The True State of the Planet (1995). Bailey is also the author of ECOSCAM: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse (St. Martins Press, 1993). For more information go to https://www.reason.com/rb/baileybio.shtml.

ERIC COHEN is the director of the Biotechnology and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is also the editor of The New Atlantis, the Center's journal about the ethical, political, and social implications of technological advancement and a consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review, First Things, The Public Interest, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and many other publications. For more information, go to http://www.eppc.org/scholars/scholarID.52/scholar.asp.

JOEL GARREAU is a reporter and editor at The Washington Post and author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies–and What It Means to Be Human. He is also the principal of The Garreau Group, a consulting group that analyzes social, geographic and psycho-demographic trends whose clients have included Volvo, Prudential, Coca Cola, McDonald's, the University of Michigan, and many others. Garreau is the author of The Nine Nations of North America (1981) and Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (1991). For more information, go to http://www.garreau.com/main.cfm?action=bio.

NICK GILLESPIE is the editor-in-chief of Reason, winner of the 2005 Western Publications "Maggie" Award for best political magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Sun, Slate, Salon, Tech Central Station, and many other publications. Gillespie is a frequent guest on C-SPAN, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, Radio America, and other outlets. He is the editor of Choice: The Best of Reason (2004). For more information, go to https://www.reason.com/gillespie/gillespiebio.shtml.

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  1. Can someone translate the headline, please?

  2. Yes, please. English. It really is a wonderfully expressive language. Please use it.

  3. I think it translates to “Wake me up for the wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.”

  4. Courtesy of a friend:

    That means hurry to prayers.
    Hayya (hurry)
    Ala (to)
    Salah (prayer)

    It is part of the Azan (call to prayer) and the next like it hayya alal fala (hurry to good works).


    What a craptacular question. Are acorns oak trees? Obviously not. But when you crush an acorn you prevent it becoming an oak tree.

    Same technique as calling the fetus lovers “anti-choice”. Y’all don’t make a good presentation on behalf of the ethics you claim to have.

  6. Dynamist,

    Are you complaining about the title when the debate format is at least 2:1 pro vs. anti embryo stem cell use? I don’t know where Joel Garreau is on the debate, but I think it’s pretty easy to see that Eric Cohen is going to be dog-piled by Reason’s Italian-Stallion and Mr. Science, regardless of the title.
    If that’s not the true title, then Julian might be having a little fun at the expense of Mr. Cohen.

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