SOA 381: Socl Impact of Sci&Tech

Prerequisite: At least Sophomore standing

A look at the scientific and technological world views: the claim that tools are value-free, that knowledge (software, etc.) should be property; that natural and social reality should be quantified.

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Topic: ScienceRobotsDinosaurs&Bombs

3.00 credits
Section 01: Undergraduate Lecture

Location: Synchronous Online

Class: #13803

Tue, Jan 19, 2021 - Wed, Apr 28, 2021


Why are scientists trying to build machines with human consciousness? What are the differences between humans and animals? What is the impact of technology upon the environment? How much of our intelligence and personality are determined by genetics? Will extraterrestrials build civilizations like ours? Should scientists feel morally conflicted when their research results in more effective killing tools? These are some of the current debates and issues that this class will address . In addition to attending regularly via Zoom, participating, and doing assigned reading, students will write short, 1-2 page essays on questions posed by the instructor, and also a ten- page research paper.


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