[Paleopsych] The Imago Newsletter, 2004.9
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BIOETHICS RESEARCH NETWORK
The Anthropocentric Cosmos? Part II: Human Uniqueness and the Natural
Sciences by Chris Fisher, PhD
Cosmology, Providence, and Humanity's Place in the Cosmos
The natural sciences are supposed to have shown that humans are
nowhere near the 'center of the universe', either physically or
metaphorically. However, science offers other perspectives besides
cosmic geography from which to view human existence and uniqueness,
which lead to a very different conclusion. The anthropic principle,
which recognizes the extreme fine-tuning of the universe to make life
possible, suggests to some something about human significance. John
Polkinghorne comments that 'the anthropic principle represents a kind
of anti-Copernican revolution in our cosmological thinking. We do not
live at the center of the universe, but neither do we live in just
"any old world." Instead, we live in a universe whose constitution is
precisely adjusted to the narrow limits that alone would make it
capable of being our home.'
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How Then Should We Do Medical Research? by Robert Carlson
What is the Declaration of Helsinki and why is it worthy of a doctoral
thesis being devoted to it? The Declaration of Helsinki is one of the
20th century's most remarkable texts. In this document, the World
Medical Association seeks to provide "a statement of ethical
principles to provide guidance to physicians and other participants in
medical research" . Unlike many other much longer international
documents , the Declaration of Helsinki sets forth its principles in
less than 2000 words. It has risen, over its 40-year existence, to
become one of the pre-eminent texts addressing ethical issues in
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Book Review by Todd Daly
Review of Alister E. McGrath's, A Scientific Theology, vol. 1, Nature
(Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2001), 325 pages
In the first of his three volume A Scientific Theology entitled
Nature, Alister McGrath sets out the groundwork for exploring the
complex relationship between science and theology, in hopes that an
investigation of this relationship might allow for the development of
a theological methodology. Lest his title confuse and alienate
faithful adherents to Christian Orthodoxy, McGrath reassuringly
affirms that the classical Christian formulations of the faith are
perfectly adequate to function as the basis of a scientific theology
(p. 42). Fully aware of the problems that have plagued past efforts in
this regard, McGrath builds on the foundation set forth by Augustines
critical appropriation model, acknowledging that the admission of
natural science methodologies into the operative logic of Christian
theology can indeed be a dangerous exercise, given the provisional
nature of both theological and scientific judgments. McGrath is no
more satisfied with a vacuous theology capitulating to the rigorous
methods of science than he is of a rigid, archaic theology which would
dare not stoop to the realms of scientific inquiry. He asserts that a
constructive working relationship between science and theology is not
just an option, but is demanded by the way Christian theology
understands the nature of reality itself. However, McGrath asserts
that theres no privileged philosophy by which one need gain access to
this complex interface in that both theology and science are viewed as
disciplines which seek to give an account of this external reality.
Calendar of Events
Don't Forget: The Face of the Future: Technosapiens II? October 28-29, 2004
Join us for the second round of discussion with
key players in the technology revolution. Leading advocates and
critics will continue the conversation and debate begun in California
last October addressing the impact of nanotechnology, cybernetics,
artificial intelligence and related technologies on the future of the
human race. Confirmed speakers include, William Hurlbut M.D. of
Stanford University and President Bush's Council on Bioethics, C.
Christopher Hook M.D. Mayo Clinic, Lori Andrews J.D. Chicago-Kent
College of Law, Nick Bostrom, Co-Founder of the World Transhumanist
Association, Wrye Sententia, Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics,
Christine Peterson, Director of the Foresight Institute. Holiday Inn
on the Hill, Washington, DC. http://www.thecbc.org. For additional
information and online registration details, click here. Contact
Jennifer.Lahl at thecbc.org for details.
Full List of Events...
* Clinical and Organizational Ethics Leader, Midwest Bioethics
Center, Kansas City, MO.
Seeking a leader for our healthcare and organizational ethics
domain who has a clinical medicine background, advanced academic
training in bioethics, and a deep interest in working on a
practical basis with healthcare delivery systems-whether a
hospital system, medical center, physician practice, or healthcare
insurance- on clinical or organizational ethics issues. Interested
candidates should submit a letter chronicling education, relevant
work experience, and future career interests, along with a current
curriculum vitae or resume, to: mdavis at midbio.org
Education and Events Manager, Center for Bioethics and Human
Dignity, Bannockburn, IL, USA.
The following Positions are listed in full at
* Research Fellowship, University of Chicago A two-year fellowship
for recently trained physicians in Clinical Ethics. Applications
available from http://ethics.bsd.uchicago.edu to be received
by December 15. Contact Mark Siegler at (773) 702-1453 or email:
msiegler at medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.
* Faculty in Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University. Invites
applications for an open rank tenure-line faculty position in the
general area of Biomedical Ethics with appointment beginning
September 1, 2005. Junior candidates should have completed the
Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Applicants will be expected to
teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; at
least some of the courses should have a substantial component in
Biomedical Ethics. Contact: David Magnus, Tel: 650-723-5760.
Email: dmagnus at stanford.edu
* Assistant/Associate Professor of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve
University. The Department of Bioethics invites applications for a
faculty position in the area of public health ethics at the
Assistant or Associate Professor level. The ideal applicants
possess a PhD, JD, or MD, and have a record of outstanding
scholarship in the area of public health ethics.
The new faculty member will play an active role in the
Department's robust research program and its teaching activities
at the Medical School, undergraduate, Master's, and Doctoral
levels. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current
Curriculum Vitae, two recent publications, and three letters of
reference to: Barbara Juknialis, Case Western Reserve University,
10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4976. Tel.
216-368-3309. Email: bwj at cwru.edu
Nigel M. de S. Cameron Ph.D.
Executive Chairman, The Center for Bioethics and Culture
Director, The Council for Biotechnology Policy
Henk Jochemsen Ph.D.
Director, Lindeboom Institute, Ede, and holder Lindeboom chair for
medical ethics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nancy Jones Ph.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
John F. Kilner Ph.D.
President, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
Jennifer Lahl M.A.
Executive Director, The Center for Bioethics and Culture
C. Ben Mitchell Ph.D.
Editor, Ethics and Medicine
Pia De Solenni Ph.D.
Family Research Council
Agneta Sutton Ph.D.
Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy, London, UK
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