04. May 2017 - 19:30 till 21:30
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Immortality Debate | Cambridge Union | The Cambridge Union | Thursday, 04. May 2017

Should we fear the scientific advances that could lead to immortality, or are they something that should be welcomed with opened arms? Join us as world experts discuss whether the scientific advances that could dramatically alter the way we perceive human mortality are a force for good.

Afterwards, join us at the Union for cupcake decorating!

*** PROPOSITION***

Dr Daniel Callahan

Appearing via Web-Link, Callahan is a prominent philosopher in the field of biomedical ethics, and is President Emeritus of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institution.

Dr Ian Ground

A Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, Ground is Vice-President of the British Wittgenstein Society.

Dr Simon Beard

A postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Beard’s research examines the challenges in evaluating existential risks, with a special focus on the risks associated with new technologies.

*** OPPOSITION ***

Professor Aubrey de Grey

The Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation, de Grey holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association.

Dr Natasha Vita-More

Appearing via Web-Link, Vita-More is the Chair of Humanity+, and author of Transhuman Manifesto. Her research applies evidence-based science with emerging technology in seeding an era for longer life and redefining death.

David Wood

Chair of the Transhumanist Party UK, Wood is the author of The Abolition of Aging: the forthcoming radical extension of healthy human longevity, and speaks regularly on matters of life extension.

Note: This debate will be filmed by VICE Documentaries. By attending this debate you consent to be filmed by this third party.