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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

A Connoisseur of Vanishing Acts: An Interview With John Rosenthal

Literature brought me to photography, but not right away. I had to learn somewhere that what you see isn’t all there is, and I learned it by reading. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

So Who Edits Google?

We are only now beginning to understand why the unstated norms that shape the design and use of computational algorithms need to be made more explicit—and therefore subject to critical public debate. For now, Google and Facebook don't have mastheads or editorial pages. The names of the people who make judgments about what an algorithm does are hidden. All we have is the veneer of mechanical neutrality and the invocation of an objectivity that operates beyond the human. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Cities, Water, and the Fabric of Sustainability

With the world's population rapidly moving to cities, sustainability issues such as energy, water, and food, will increasingly be urban concerns. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Fellows Afternoon Tea

22 October 2014

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Public Lecture - "The Place of Prejudice"

31 October 2014

Adam Sandel (Harvard University) | Public Lecture

Institute Seminar Series - "'Practices' in Lab Science"

7 November 2014

Paul Scherz (Catholic University) | Seminar

Fellows Afternoon Tea

12 November 2014

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Philip Lorish

Featured Fellow

Philip Lorish

Doctoral Fellow

Philip Lorish is a doctoral candidate in the Religious Studies department of the University of Virginia. His main research interests include Bioethics, the Christian political tradition, and the place of religious institutions in American public life. Lorish holds a BA in Philosophy from Furman University, an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MPhil in Christian Ethics from Oxford. His dissertation, "Christian Ethics and the New Eugenics," develops a constructive response to the challenges posed by emergent forms of biotechnology within the practice of reproductive medicine. In addition to participating in the Project...

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