Pride: Flying Cars and Other Broken Promises

Wednesday, November 28th 2012 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 28th 2012 at 8:00 pm
The New York Academy of Sciences - 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, Manhattan

Society has often looked to science to create a utopian future free of worry and disease and full of gadgets and toys. While some promises have come true—tablet computers, miracle cures, and commercial space flight, to name just a few—most of the earth's population doesn't live in the world promised by optimistic scientists of the past.

Scientific American's George Musser moderates this panel where Dr. Greg Benford and Dr. Stuart Firestein examine why scientists are so bad at predicting the impact of their work, and theology professor Dr. Christiana Peppard explores the ethical side of scientific false promises.

Join Center for Inquiry - New York City and the New York Academy of Sciences as we explore the world that never was, the world that may someday be, and what scientists can do to better manage our expectations of the future.

Reception and book signing to follow.

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This event is a part of NYAS' Science and the Seven Deadly Sins Series, which starts October 17th.

The Seven Deadly Sins evoke all manner of sordid thoughts—from the sins themselves to medieval punishments for sinners. But rather than seeking novel ways of flogging sinners for their moral missteps, this new series will look at how these common failings manifest themselves in contemporary science. We'll examine everything from interpersonal clashes in the lab, to viruses and animals doing what comes natural, to how your city and your body's design makes you more likely to succumb to sin. Save almost 30% by purchasing tickets to the whole series! Get your tickets today: