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Patrick Hopkins

Patrick D. Hopkins, an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, is a philosopher and ethicist who combines a life-long love of science fiction with academic scholarship on very real-world issues of science and technology. After receiving a B.A. in experimental psychology from the University of Mississippi, he worked as a research assistant at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta and later in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

While still enamored of science, Hopkins decided he was better suited for studying the cultural, moral, and theological dimensions of science and technology rather than actually doing scientific research. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and had a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He now teaches at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Professor Hopkins has published a number of articles on biomedical ethics, science and technology studies, gender studies, and religious studies. He has edited a book on gender and technology, Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender, and Technology, and is currently working on a companion volume focusing on race, ethnicity, and technology as well as a book on the relationship between technology and “nature.”

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

"The Temptations of Data vs. The Temptations of Privacy"   Ethical Technology  (Jun 18, 2013)

"Small Machines, Big Power, Dangerous Minds"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 20, 2012)

"Uploading Won’t Help You"   Ethical Technology  (Aug 14, 2012)

"(Enhancing) The Moral Brain: Day Three (J.‘s Notes)"   Ethical Technology  (Apr 1, 2012)

"The DVR and the Manufacture of Discontent"   Ethical Technology  (Jun 30, 2011)

Recent Multimedia
Transhuman Impact on Gender and Human Potential   2015-10-19

Personhood Beyond the Human: Patrick Hopkins on a Turing Test for Persons   2013-12-12

Two New Affiliate Scholars (Sep 22, 2010)

Past Appearances
Wallach, Hughes, Hopkins @ The Moral Brain: What Is It? Can It Be Enhanced? (WSQ Campus, New York University, NYC, NY, USA - Mar 30, 2012)