Center for Inquiry



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Tuesday, March 27 

7 PM to 8:30 PM

Center for Inquiry Indiana (CFI) 

350 Canal Walk, Suite A,

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


The ethical and philosophical dilemmas in Frankenstein are even more relevant today than they were in 1818 when Mary Shelley released her famous novel. 200 years later we now have the technology to create and modify life.

Join us for a conversation on artificial intelligence, cloning, genetic modification, growing brains from human neural tissue, and more!


Dr. Jason T. Eberl is Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. His research interests include the philosophy of human nature and its application to issues at the margins of life; ethical issues related to end-of-life care, genetics, and healthcare allocation; and the philosophical thought of Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of 'Thomistic Principles and Bioethics' and 'The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae,' as well as editor of 'Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics.' Additionally, he has edited volumes on philosophical themes in 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' and the films of Christopher Nolan.

Dr. Emily Beckman is Director and Assistant Professor of the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and in 2010 completed a Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.  In addition to her responsibilities in the School of Liberal Arts, Dr. Beckman continues to devote time teaching Narrative Medicine to fourth year medical students.  Her research focuses largely on hope at the end of life, empathy in medical education, narrative, and most recently an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history and representation of mental health and illness in Indiana’s former Central State Hospital.

Rufus Cochran is the creator of the combat robotics team "denkbots" and founder of the Indiana Science Communication and Education Foundation.  Rufus Cochran is a computer engineer and native Hoosier with a passion for science and technology. Working in mechatronics and automated systems across industries throughout his professional career, Rufus works to share his love of robotics and technology with everyone he meets! He has mentored in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and other STEM programs for high school students for over a decade, with the hopes of inspiring the next generation to use these technologies to help solve our societies’ greatest challenges.

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