Here’s the notes for episode #14 of The Meaning of Everything show.

Do our phones rob us of our humanity? What about genetic engineering, or other technologies? Stefani chats with Columbia PhD candidate Joe Fisher about the wild ride we’re on in a rapidly changing world. They discuss how human nature changes over time, how technology impacts our ideas and culture, and how today’s technology is over-turning everything we thought we knew about who we are.

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Joseph is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He earned a B.A. (2013) from Franklin and Marshall College in Religious Studies before earning an M.A. (2015) and M.Phil. (2016) in Religion at Columbia University. His training is in the fields of North American Religions and Philosophy of Religion with a focus on the intersection of religion, science, and technology. His dissertation research concentrates on the human enhancement debate in the field bioethics and how the rhetoric of human nature operates within this discourse. Joseph’s research is inspired by the ways in which scientific theories and technologies (real and speculative) shape understandings of what it means to be human and what it might mean in the future.

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