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Imagining the Human Future: Ethics for the Anthropocene

Date:
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time:
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location:
Q?rius Theater
Ground floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Karen Carr/Smithsonian Institution

Homo sapiens has always lived in the world by altering it.  Our species now inhabits the entire globe and our behavior increasingly impacts ecological systems on a planetary scale. This epoch has been identified as the Age of Humans, or the Anthropocene. As we imagine the future of humanity, what set of ethical guidelines might lead us toward a future that is beneficial for humans and also for non-human life with which we share this planet? How might our existing secular and religious ethical traditions encourage these guidelines?

Come to the National Museum of Natural History and join the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Broader Social Impacts Committee and keynote speaker Dale Jamieson, author of Reason in a Dark Time, for a presentation and discussion of these present and future challenges.

Moderator: Connie Bertka

Panelists:

Elliot Dorff
Fred Edwards
David Haberman
Betty Holley
Nancy Howell
Rick Potts

Presented by the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Broader Social Impacts Committee. For more programs about the Anthropocene, visit the Museum's Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans website.

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