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December 2022 Romanell Bioethics Workshop

Join us for the Romanell Center Bioethics Workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2022. The full day event features the keynote address by Jennifer Frey, PhD (University of South Carolina). Frey's research interests include history of philosophy, ethics, action theory, and aesthetics. Faculty profile.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

9:30-10:00 Breakfast 

10:00-11:00 The Don Marquis Memorial Lecture: Nick Colgrove (Wake Forest) "Intrauterine Death and Preterm Delivery: What Does Philosophy Have to Offer?"

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:15 The Saint Augustine Lecture: Phil Reed. (Romanell Center/Canisius College) “The Christian Prohibition on Suicide.”

12:15-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 The Titus Lucretius Carus Lecture: Michael Rabenberg (University of Rochester) “Lucretius’ Puzzle”

3:00-3:15 Break 

3:15-4:15 The Oration de Hominis Dignity Lecture: Phillip Woodward (Niagara University). “Homo Adorans and the Grounds of Human Dignity. “

4:15-4:30 Break 

4:30-6:30 The Elizabeth Anscombe Keynote Address: Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina) Title TBA

For more information about the workshop or to receive advanced copies of the workshop papers, email David Hershenov at dh25@buffalo.edu


The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. The name change honors the 2003 testimentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and borders beyond our own.


Why Machines Will Never Rule The World — Artificial Intelligence Without Fear.
Routledge publishes book by Barry Smith and Jobst Landgrebe

Barry Smith and Jobst Landgrebe are co-authors of Why Machines Will Never Rule The World — Artificial Intelligence Without Fear (Routledge 2022) The three questions central to this book are:
– What are the essential marks of human intelligence?
– What is it that researchers are trying to do when they talk of achieving ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI)?
– To what extent can AI be achieved?

The core argument is that an artificial intelligence with powers of a sort that would equal or exceed human intelligence is for mathematical reasons impossible. The reasons are that

1. intelligence of this sort is a capability of a complex dynamic system (your brain), and such systems cannot be modelled mathematically in a way that yields exact predictions;

2. but only what can be modeled mathematically in this way can be engineered to operate inside a computer.

There is a great deal which AI can achieve that will be of benefit to mankind; but it does not include the work that a human intelligence can do; it does not include AI systems more powerful than humans; and it does not include AI systems which are ‘evil’ in any sense of this word.

One consequence of our argument is that much of what is discussed in the wider world concerning the potential of AI to bring about radical changes in the very nature of human beings and of the human social order is founded on an unfortunate error.

Since retiring from clinical medicine, Jack Freer has been spending more time working on pastel painting. This image depicts a scene in Florence during a 1629-31 outbreak of bubonic plague.

Interdisciplinary Activities

Interdisciplinary Activities.

"Where the World Finds Bioethics"  bioethics.net  



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