Conference Mission

Sustainability, Resilience, and the Torah

IS THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT COMING TO AN END?

Science and technology race forward, cyber-tech takes over more and more of our life, and environmental concerns increase exponentially. Where is Torah in this rapidly evolving world, and what should its role be?

The following panel ideas reflect major facets of the overall conference theme:

1. Current threats to sustainability, and Torah responses to them
Human intervention in the environment, overpopulation, food supply.

2. Astrophysics, Physics and Torah
Torah and cosmology: Do modern theories of astrophysics and quantum physics bring us closer to a Torah perspective, or the reverse.

3. Neuroscience and Torah
a. Can the brain renew itself? Neuropsychology, trauma, and resilience.
b. How do recent developments in bio-genetics affect the historical discussion on intelligent design.

4. Moral issues of Cyber-tech: New problems, new solutions.
a. Internet and lashon hara. Are the writings of the Chofetz Chaim still relevant?
b. Moral issues regarding Privacy, data mining and artificial intelligence.

5. Genetics: Are there moral limits to genetic research and genetic engineering?

6. Torah leadership and scientific leadership:
a. Human rights or human obligations?
b. Torah and Science: decision-making.
c. The role of the Jewish nation in this era.