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15th Miami International Torah & Science Conference

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XVth International Conference on Torah and Science
December 6-10, 2023

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Organizing Committee seeks presentations on the general theme of

The Emerging Technologies:

Morality, Ethics, Legal Implications

This biennial event is sponsored by CYS College of Jewish Studies and held at The Shul in Surfside, Florida.

Areas for consideration might well include:

I.    Artificial Intelligence and Social Media
The XIVth conference focused entirely on AI and social media, and it was alarming!

Since that time, Facebook has become Meta, and the industry is now all about the Metaverse. A number of synagogues, including Chabad, have embraced this technology to create a faith-based community that fills some of the social roles that had been left to synagogues. The virtual Chabad Houses and similar institutions are an adaptation of this potentially dangerous technology, and at the same time a response to the fear of the pandemic.

We also considered the deleterious psychological impacts of social media, and new therapies have been emerging to treat internet addiction, cyber bullying, etc. We wish to return to this topic in 2023, as creative responses have been emerging.

II.    Health Technologies
Advances in the medical sciences often raise Halachic questions. For example, may one use hearing aids or motorized wheel chairs on Shabbat and Yomim Tovim? 

Similarly, advances often raise ethical questions: just because we can do something does not entail that we either may or should do it. If genetics can lead to a propensity for unwanted behaviors; in such cases, ought we inform the individual or families about these dangers?

And since the pandemic, issues of social responsibility as it pertains to vaccinations or masking. What is our duty as individuals and a society? These questions have roiled our world; what guidance can Torah provide in such extreme situations?

Gender has become a “hot-button” issue, and so we would like to address this technology as well.

We seek discussions of epidemiology and immunology, of prosthetics and robotics, etc., with the latest scientific developments and Torah perspectives. 

III.    Genetic engineering
Among the liveliest topics in recent years, many have to do with breakthroughs in genetic engineering, whether gene splicing and editing.
In terms of food, Jewish dietary concerns guide our choices. A recent case of plant-based “pork” has raised deep controversy: does its resemblance to pig products require us to avoid it, even though it contains no animal products? We are familiar with surimi, but it seems the envelope is continually being pushed.

Perhaps more alarming is the possibility to apply gene splicing and editing to people. We can now have children who are tall, or have high IQs, or fair skin and blue eyes. But should we?

IV.    Space exploration
Two conferences ago, we learned about the Israeli moon mission. In the last conference, we took a serious look at Judaic perspectives on alien life.
Much has happened since then, especially the Webb Telescope that promises to peer into the very origin of the universe itself, the big bang so-called. What would this mean for Judaism and our creation-centered account?  At the same time, the American Government has released photos and accounts of UFO encounters. What might this mean Judaically?

V.    Financial and commercial technologies
Crypto currencies have appeared in recent years, and Miami is moving to become a hub of such activities. 
Judaism has always paid close attention to business ethics and related questions. Do crypto currencies pose new dilemmas?    

Submissions and queries should be sent before October 1, 2022 to Dr. Nathan Katz:
    Katzn18@gmail.com


The Organizing Committee:
    Professor Nathan Katz (Dean, CYS College)
    Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar (President, CYS College)
    Rabbi Shea Rubenstein
    Ms. Lydia Hasson

 

For more information about the 15th International Conference on Torah and Science,

contact Lydia Hasson at The Shul at 305-868-1411, ext. 311 or send an email to lydia@theshul.org.

The full program and further information will be available soon at

www.CYSCollege.org      or      www.TorahScienceConference.org

 

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