The goal of this topic is to give students practice in carefully drawing conclusions by focusing on the ethical and philosophical implications of developments in applied science and technology.
Continuing from the journal prompt students responded to at the end of the previous topic, the majority of this session will be an academic dialogue on the question: “What are the ethical, philosophical, or theological implications of this scientific development?”
For the discussion:
For the debrief:
During the last five minutes of class, assign the following writing task:
You may consider including a Movie Night activity as an optional addition to this topic. Gattaca is a PG-13 science fiction film from 1997 that imagines how society might be negatively changed by human genetic modification. It can be a helpful tool for exploring how scientific inquiry might be related to theology, ethics, philosophy, literature, and/or faith.
For information on Gattaca and its relationship to currently available technologies see: