Imagining Science: Art, Science, and Social Change

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Sean Caulfield, Timothy A. Caulfield
University of Alberta Publication. Services, 2008 - Art - 105 pages
Imagining Science brings together internationally recognized artists, scientists, and social commentators to feature a body of original artwork and essays which explores the complex legal, ethical, and social concerns about advances in biotechnology, such as stem cell research, cloning, and genetic testing. Many important questions and themes emerge from this exchange, highlighting the linkages between scientific and creative research. This collaboration also stresses the vital role art can play in critiquing these biomedical technologies, particularly as advancements in science begin to challenge our ethical boundaries.

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A terrific book featuring the collaborative research of extremely respected Scientists and Artists on the hopes, anxieties, and potential to be seen in the future of genetic modifications. As a participant in this three year project, I came to have personal exchanges with Jim Evans who advises the US Supreme court on genetics cases and Eric Meslin who was health care advisor to Bill Clinton's administration and in each case I came to feel that Fine Arts has a distinct role to play in the health of human, because while science is logical and presents its findings with a kind of certainty, Fine Arts often deals with feelings and anxieties that may well be irrational but are no less certain in the spectrum of human existence. We have a roll to play in collaboration with each other and this book represents an important period of exchange about this issue in my life, most certainly. Roy Mills 


The Evocative Image 38 Within You Without
Imagining Science
Half Human Half Beast? 46 LYNDAL OSBORNE

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About the author (2008)

Sean Caulfield is Canada Research Chair and professor of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, and book works extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Timothy Caulfield is the Research Director of the Health Law Institute, professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, and a Senior Health Scholar with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. He is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and an active researcher on the social issues associated with biotechnology.

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