2019 Conference: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

The third annual conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists was held on June 7-9, 2019 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, USA. 

The theme of the conference was “What does it mean to be human?”  This included such questions as What is “human nature”? When did it appear? Did Neanderthals and other archaic species of Homo have it? When does an individual human life begin? Can human nature be changed by genetic engineering? In what ways are humans unique on earth? Are we unique in the cosmos?  These questions were explored from the point of view of biology, paleoanthropology, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines.  

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CRISPR and Genetic Engineering: the science and its implications

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Evolution and the Eschatological Meaning of Human Nature

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Neurobiology of Emotions and the Evidence of Human Interconnectedness

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Created in the Image and Likeness of Man

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Discovering Eifelheim

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Presentation of the 2019 St. Albert Award to Maureen Condic

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Human Beings are Defined by Organization

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What Does ‘Made in the Image of God’ Mean?

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To Look to the Heavens: Galileo on the Potential of the Human MInd

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Will Tissue Engineering Change Human Nature?

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The Science behind Ancestry Mapping: what can it tell us about our human nature?

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Becoming and Being Human: evidence from the archaeological, fossil and genetic records

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