Sci-Fi Writer to Give Talk on Values in Medicine and Research

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at UT Dallas continues its fourth annual lecture series Wednesday with a talk from think tank consultant, science advisor and fiction writer Greg Bear.

Greg Bear

Greg Bear, a think tank consultant, science advisor and fiction writer, will give a talk on Wednesday.

Bear will give a talk titled, “Doctors on the Front Lines: Adjusting Patient Care in an Age of Changing Paradigms.” The lecture is Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

Bear's works include Hull Zero Three, City at the End of Time, Mariposa, and the Halo: Forerunners Trilogy. Bear has won the Nebula Award, which recognizes the best works in sci-fi and fantasy, for two novels: Darwin’s Radio and Moving Mars.      

Over the last 30 years, Bear has consulted with think tanks, corporations and government agencies on matters ranging from the privatization of space to electronic publishing to biological security. He has also served as science advisor and appeared on a number of television shows, including The Daily Show.

In his talk, Bear will examine the issues involved in cutting-edge science and techniques in medicine and biology. He will also address how doctors should adjust their practical approaches to patient care in light of new research.

The Center for Values was established in 2009 to improve public understanding of the complex, crucial role that technological innovations and scientific discoveries play in shaping the values of contemporary culture.

The cornerstone of the Center for Values’ outreach is an annual public lecture series that brings in leading scholars to investigate topics at the intersection of technology and the humanities. An international group of authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists, and engineers engage a diverse audience in thinking about issues such as “Creativity in the Age of Technology” (2009 series), “Exploring Human Enhancement” (2010 series), and “Funded and Forbidden Knowledge: Science, Politics and Cultural Values” (2011).

All the lectures are free and open to the public. Visit the Center for Values’ website for more information.

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