Society has often looked to science to create a utopian future free of worry and disease and full of gadgets and toys. While some promises have come true—tablet computers, miracle cures, and commercial space flight, to name just a few—most of the earth's population doesn't live in the world promised by optimistic scientists of the past.
Scientific American's George Musser moderates this panel where Dr. Greg Benford and Dr. Stuart Firestein examine why scientists are so bad at predicting the impact of their work, and theology professor Dr. Christiana Peppard explores the ethical side of scientific false promises.
Join the Academy and the Center for Inquiry as we explore the world that never was, the world that may someday be, and what scientists can do to better manage our expectations of the future.
Reception and book signing to follow.
In this series we're looking at some of the ways the Seven Deadly Since show up in the sciences. To do that, we're bringing together top scientists, authors, chefs, urban planners, and many others to help us explore our baser nature. Each event will feature indulgent receptions afterwards, as well as opportunities for you to interact with the speakers and one another. Join us for this vice-ridden round of events!
• Wrath Goes Viral, Oct 17, 2012
• Pride: Flying Cars and other Broken Promises, Nov 28, 2012
• Greed: Willing to Do Anything, Dec 11, 2012
• Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom, Feb 12, 2013
• Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?, Mar 13, 2013
• Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, Apr 30, 2013
• Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner, May 23, 2013
Learn more about the series here.