Kathinka Evers: “Towards a Philosophy for Neuroethics: Informed materialism and the naturalistic responsibility” (EN, IT)

The 21st century has seen neuroscience develop rapidly and a new academic discipline emerge: neuroethics, the attempt to explain moral judgment in partly neurobiological terms. It is useful to distinguish between fundamental neuroethics, researching how knowledge of the brain’s functional architecture and its evolution can deepen our understanding of moral thought and judgment, and applied

LORD DICK TAVERNE: “Freedom of research and eco-fundamentalism�? (EN, IT)

by Lord Dick Taverne, founder, Sense about Science; member, House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, United Kingdom I want to start with two apologies. This afternoon’s is the only session I can attend. Having heard this session, it is clear that I have missed a great deal, because the contributions I have heard are

Kary B. Mullis: “Scientific Progress is a Rocky Road” (EN, IT)

Science is a process of trial and error. It always has been. Its strength lies in the fact that mistakes eventually are discovered for what they are, and in the long run, unlike any other global institutions, art, politics, religion, science comes through with the goods. We have been showered by the benefits of this

Amedeo SANTOSUOSSO: “May scientific research work as a model for present transnational law?” (EN, IT)

The unparalleled recent development of biological sciences and their convergence with other technologies (such as neurosciences, nanotechnologies and informational technologies) heavily impact the world of law. Indeed the present universal attitude of science and its global interaction immediately give a worldwide dimension to the question of legal regulations of conflicts arising from scientific research and

A. Mauron: “Epistemological relativism and religious dogma: two strange bedfellows in the struggle against freedom…” (EN, IT)

“Epistemological relativism and religious dogma: two strange bedfellows in the struggle against freedom of science” Contemporary culture is much more ambivalent towards science than before, and sometimes openly hostile. This is exemplified by the rise of the Creationist movement, who is spreading far beyond its birthplace in the American Bible Belt, or the increasingly self-assured

Mark B. Brown: “What Does It Mean to Have a Right to Research?” (EN, IT)

Scientific freedom is today often understood in terms of the idea of a “right to research.” It is often unclear, however, how the right to research is best justified, and what the recognition of such a right entails for science and science policy in democratic societies. In this paper, I examine two basic approaches to

Stephen Minger: ““Therapeutic and research potential of human pluripotent stem cells�? (EN, IT)

I am grateful to Marco for the invitation. I have found this meeting to be very, very interesting, as I have heard some of the best intellectual discourses all together in one time. So I am happy to be here. Particularly in response to some of the presentations held yesterday, I have really changed the

Pervez Hoodbhoy: “The battle for science and secularism in the Islamic world�? (EN, IT)

Discomfort with the intellectual freedom associated with the scientific method, and a continuing resistance to secular ideas, are characteristic of many Muslim countries today. In this talk I shall address some fundamental questions: To what extent are Islamic teachings responsible for the poor state of scientific research in these countries? What accounts for the Golden

Barbara Forrest: “Restoring the Enlightenment: The Foundation of American and European Science and Education” (EN, IT)

The First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state under a democratic government. This separation of religion and government protects both the education of children and the process of scientific inquiry. Two of the most important contributors to the founding of American democracy, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, were

Martin Perl: “The Consequences Of Basic Research in S&T and Proposals For Restrictions on Basic Research” (EN, IT)

“Two Thesis: (a) The Consequences Of Basic Research In Science And Technology, (b) Proposals For Restrictions on Basic Research” The consequences of basic research in science and technology are sometimes all good, for example the discovery of the HIV virus as recognized in the 2008 Nobel prize in Medicine. A contrary example is the Wright