Conversation about Tonight’s Lecture
I wanted to start a thread about tonight’s lecture by Ruth Schwartz Cowan at the Religion and Genomics Conference to hear what the people who attended thought about the lecture.
I enjoyed the lecture by Dr. Cowan, although it wasn’t what I had expected. I don’t have any experience with conferences like this one, but I thought the first speaker would make some statement or opinion about how genetics and religion will mesh (or clash) as we enter uncharted territory in the area of genetics and genetic screening. Instead, Dr. Cowan focused her lecture on how four different programs dealt with genetic screening in a historical manner. I understand it was an introduction to the conference, but I would have liked to hear some expert opinion on whether these programs are ethical and what arguments critics make regarding them (although the Q&A session afterwards started to delve into this realm).