If I lived in Toronto, I would accept this Facebook invitation from Rufina Kim:
You are cordially invited to the first meeting of a new campus group established to discuss and debate various topics in scientific controversy and the implications of such controversies in the real world.
For our first meeting, we will be presenting our thoughts on how to define “SCIENCE” and strive to arrive at a coherent consensus. This will be an important step for conceptualizing supporting arguments for future debates.
This club will be overseen by myself and a faculty member, Prof. Laurence A. Moran, who is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at U of T and lecturer for “HMB205H – Scientific Controversies and Misconceptions” (this event is also featured on his blog! See http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2013/01/wtf-is-science.html
Future topics of debate may include (but are not limited to):
- evolution versus intelligent design
- ethics of genetic engineering, biotechnology
- human population growth and sustainability
- medical ethics
- genetically modified foods
- conservation of biodiversity
- science and religion
Lastly, the official name of this new club will be decided as a group at this meeting! Exciting! Please spread the word. All are welcome, even just to watch for the experience!
Where: University of Toronto, Room 5243, Medical Sciences Building (5th floor)
When: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @6:00pm
Larry Moran has posted a reminder on his blog and has included some definitions of science from the Oxford English Dictionary. The definitions themselves should promote some lively discussion.