Dunbar Lectures

Current Lecture

 

"Searching for Alien Life: Will We Recognize It If We Find It?"

Carol Cleland

Professor of Philosophy and Investigator in the Center for Astrobiology and Affiliated Scholar of NASA Institute for Astrobilogy

University of Colorado

7:00pm, Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Academic Complex 215, Reception following

We often talk about "life as we know it" as scientists search for life on other planets. But why limit life to "as we know it"? And what is it that we even know? Join philosopher, astrobiology theorist, and NASA advisor Carol Cleland to discuss the problems of defining life and the implications for studying extra-terrestrial biology, artificial life, and even the possibility of invisible lifeforms right here on Earth.

Carol Cleland is Professor of Philosophy and Investigator in the Center for Astrobiology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and an Affiliated Scholar of NASA Institute for Astrobiology. She specializes in philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and the nature of causation. She is the co-editor of The Nature of Life (Cambridge, 2010) and the author of numerous articles in astrobiology and the philosophy of science, including the influential concept of the "shadow biosphere".

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Robert BergmarkInstituted by Jack F. and Wylene Dunbar in honor of Robert E. Bergmark, beloved Millsaps philosophy professor, colleague, scholar, and civil rights advocate. 

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Past Lectures

 

2015 Nicole A. Vincent (Georgia State U.) "NEUROENHANCEMENT- Blessing or Curse?"

2014 Colin McGinn (U. of Miami), "The Good Life as Thinking Well"

2013 Dr. Tamar Gendler (Yale U.), “The Costs of Unintentional Racial Bias”

2012 John Bickle (Mississippi State U.), "How to Super-Charge a Brain: Manipulating Brain Genes and Proteins to Enhance Memory - What It Means and Where It's Going"

2011 Karsten Harries (Yale U.), "Zips and Slashes: Should Moral Considerations Figure in Judging Art?"

2010 George R. Lucas, Jr. (U. S. Naval Academy), "New Rules for New Wars: Military Ethics and Irregular Warfare"

2009 Pheng Cheah (U. of California-Berkeley), "Necessary Strangers: Law's Hospitality in the Age of Global Migration"

2008 Michael Ruse (Florida State U.), "Can Evolution Explain Morality? Or Is It Dog Eat Dog All the Way Down?"

2007 James P. Sterba (U. of Notre Dame), "Why Everyone Should Agree that Economic Inequality is Unjustifiable"

2006 Lucius Outlaw, Jr. (Vanderbilt U.), "Education, Academic Philosophy, and the Strategic Production of Ignorance"

2005 Eleonore Stump (St. Louis U.), "The Problem of Suffering: Samson and Self-Destroying Evil"

2004 Paul Churchland (U. of California-San Diego), "Impossible Colors: How Objective Brain Science Really Can Explain Subjective Human Experience"

2002 Robert Bernasconi (U. of Memphis), "When Race Was Everything: A Philosopher Looks at 19th Century Anthropology"

2000 Martha Nussbaum (U. of Chicago), "Secret Sewers of Vice: Disgust, Bodies, and the Law"

1998 Robert C. Solomon (U. of Texas-Austin), "Nietzsche and the Passionate Life"

1996 Hilde Hein (College of the Holy Cross), "The Absent Mind: Toward a Feminist Aesthetic"

1995 Tom Regan (North Carolina State U.), "Patterns of Resistance: The Struggle for Freedom and Equality in America"

1994 Charles Scott (Pennsylvania State U.), "What Paris is Doing to Us"

1993 Ralph A. Smith (U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign), "Once More: The Traditional Humanistic Ideal of Education"

1992 Richard T. DeGeorge (Kansas U.), "Modern Science, Environmental Ethics, and the Anthropocentric Predicament"

1991 Hilary Putnam (Harvard U.), "Ultimate Questions"

1990 Alison Jaggar (U. of Cincinnati), "How Can Ethics Be Feminist?"

1989 John E. Smith (Yale U.), "Recovering the Value Dimension in Education"

1988 Robert E. Bergmark (Millsaps College), "Knowledge, Belief, and Commitment" in four installments:
"What Can We Know?" "What May We Reasonably Believe?" "How Ought We Reasonably to Live?" "What May We Reasonably Hope?"

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