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Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

William G. Gilroy Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology article: link Dec. 17, 2012 — As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good. The center generated its inaugural list with the help of…

Cloud Capitalism

Gilles Deleuze According to Gilles Deleuze in his Postscript on Control Societies the individual has become the dividual: the "dividual"—a physically embodied human subject that is endlessly divisible and reducible to data representations via the modern technologies of control, like computer-based systems. "The numerical language of control is made of codes that mark access to information, or reject it. [....] Individuals have become 'dividuals' and masses [have become] samples, data, markets, or 'banks.'" For Deleuze, such technologies indicate that we as discrete selves are not in-divisible entities; on the contrary, we can be divided and…

Neuroscience: Under Attack

Naomi Wolf Neuroscience: Under Attack By ALISSA QUART NY Times THIS fall, science writers have made sport of yet another instance of bad neuroscience. The culprit this time is Naomi Wolf; her new book, “Vagina,” has been roundly drubbed for misrepresenting the brain and neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin. EKTA Earlier in the year, Chris Mooney raised similar ire with the book “The Republican Brain,” which claims that Republicans are genetically different from — and, many readers deduced, lesser to — Democrats. “If Mooney’s argument sounds familiar to you, it should,” scoffed two science writers. “It’s called…

Cinema as Mnemotechnics: Bernard Stiegler and the “Industrialization of Memory”

CINEMA AS MNEMOTECHNICS Bernard Stiegler and the “Industrialization of Memory” by Ben Roberts In his multi-volume work La Technique et le temps, or Technics and Time, Bernard Stiegler attempts to rethink the relationship between the human and technical objects, or what he calls “technics.” The term “technics” here renders the French “la technique” which, as Stiegler’s translators Richard Beardsworth and George Collins point out, refers to the “technical domain or to technical practice as a whole.” It is therefore to be distin- guished from “la technologie” (“technology”) and technologique (“technological”) which refer to the “specific amalgamation of technics and the…

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