never thought politics would get in
PRESS RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2004
AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEB 14, 2004. Online Summit Challenges President Bush's Bioethics Council
Extropy Institute invites top scientific, technological, and cultural thinkers to share knowledge and exchange ideas about working to improve the worlds understanding of biotechnology and science to improve and extend life. Beginning Sunday, February 15 through 29th, the Summit presents a 2-week virtual discussion and debate of President Bush's Bioethics Council's ultraconservative Beyond Therapy report. Summit keynotes are addressing the use of the well-known "Precautionary Principle" by anti-biotech activists as a rallying tool to turn people against the science, medicine and biotechnology that could cure disease and improve life.
President of Extropy Institute and Chair of the VP Summit, Natasha Vita-More says, "We have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our children and our loved ones in determining what choices to make about the future of our health. No one has the right to tell us that we must go into the later years of life in crippled or feeble states. No organization, no policy, no person should have the absolute power and authority to hinder scientific and medical advances that can and do help millions of people throughout the world."
Vital Progress Summit to Protect Human Rights for Our Future.
Negative reaction to the possibility of fundamental progress in these fields threatens to stifle innovations that can make major improvements in the quality of life of people throughout the world. Extropy Institute has made a name for itself as an intellectual networking and educational organization, encouraging cultural foresight about profound technology-driven change. It encourages critical thinking about ideas and technologies that will help people, our society, and the world.
The Vital Progress Summit is being held on the Internet at http://summit.extropy.org from Feb.15-29. Register at http://summit.extropy.org/?q=register. For more information on the Summit please contact email@example.com or call 512.263.2749. The VP Summit is chaired by Natasha Vita-More, President of Extropy Institute.
Ronald Bailey, Science
Correspondent, Reason Magazine
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