Hofstra University’s Department of Philosophy will sponsor a Debate 2016 program titled “Science, Policy, and Controversy” on Monday, Sept. 19. The event will be led by Dr. Daniel J. Hicks, a philosopher of science, ethicist, and Science and Technology Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
At every stage of research, scientists make decisions that can affect the outcomes of that research, such as which questions to investigate and how to interpret data. Dr. Hicks will examine how such decisions can become flashpoints for policy controversies, citing genetically-modified foods and climate change as examples. This phenomenon creates serious challenges for the ideal of basing public policy on objective, universally accepted science.
Dr. Hicks is currently hosted by the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative, where he is working on emerging ethical issues with self-driving cars. He has written on issues surrounding genetically modified foods, vaccines and obesity.
This event will be held at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public with registration. For more information, please email Dr. Christopher Eliot, associate professor of philosophy.