Mad Science on Trial: The Real Ethical Problems with Fictional Scientists

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Friday September 17, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Peter Venkman electrocuting college student volunteers and flirting with others. Catherine Halsey abducting and indoctrinating children for the SPARTAN-II program. Emmett Brown making deals with plutonium-stealing terrorists to fund his research. Antics like these are tons of fun to watch and read about, but what would happen if fictional scientists like these had their methods examined by a real ethics review board? Join our panel of ethics and pop-culture experts as they do a deep dive into some of the most famous (and infamous) scientists from movies, games, and comics. The panel will review the ethicality of research methods, address potential complaints, and discuss what kind of penalties these scientists would face in the real world. Help us bring these mad scientists to justice!