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Gene(sis): Panel Discussion & Lecture Series

Lecture: Evelyn Fox Keller




August 27, 2003; 51 Minutes; Video

Why do artists care about the human genome? Why should you? The museum's art/science panel and six-part lecture series offer audiences the chance to think critically about the implications of human genomics for anthropology, art history, history, sociology, and philosophy, as well as to hear from a leader in the field of genomics.

In conjunction with
Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics

Lecture: Evelyn Fox Keller
GENES, TEXTS, AND TROPES: A SPACE BETWEEN FICTION AND FACT
Sunday, October 12, 3 p.m.


How does language relate to and even influence science? Evelyn Fox Keller, professor of history and philosophy of science at MIT, takes a fresh and rigorous look at the role of metaphor in science, genetics in particular. Addressing the question of how we distinguish "productive" from "unproductive" uses of metaphor in scientific thought, she will demonstrate how figurative language is indispensable to scientists in making sense of what is not yet known.

A magnetic presence as well as a great mind, Fox Keller is internationally known for her important work on the elusive and crucial connections between science and language. She taught from 1988 to 1992 in the departments of rhetoric, women's studies, and history at UC Berkeley. She is the author of several notable books, including Reflections on Gender and Science (1985), The Century of the Gene (2000), and most recently, Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines (2002).