DC Event Tomorrow!: Stem Cells, Human Enhancement, & More, August 25



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
Salon A, West End Ballroom

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. What kind of hors d’oeuvres?

  2. Ronald Bailey states:
    “And one more deliciously ironic thought: It’s just possible that, by imposing his funding restrictions and spurring so many independent initiatives, President Bush has actually caused the creation of more embryonic stem cell lines than would have been produced with federal funding.”

    Perhaps the real lesson is that federal research funding is overrated, and that meritorious research can attract more than adequate funding from private or local sources. (After all, how much federal funding did Edison, Marconi, Edwin Armstrong, etc., receive)

  3. Man, we need to start having these types of discussions in Akron, OH. That way, it’ll be easier for me to attend.

    Surely that’s a good enough reason?

  4. Yeah, and don’t forget about the Internet. You know, what we’re using right now. How much federal funding did _it_ get?


  5. Is it me, or have we replicated this post now three times?

    Maybe there’s joke in the duplication that I miss…


    No, they’re not. Next question.

  7. Hoping y’all make a transcript of this available. Given the panning that Transvision ’05 has been taking online I’m looking for some good biotech stuff to read.

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