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Genesis of the Salk InstituteThe Epic of Its Founders$
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Suzanne Bourgeois

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276079

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276079.001.0001

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Biology in Human Affairs

Biology in Human Affairs

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(p.161) Chapter 11 Biology in Human Affairs
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Genesis of the Salk Institute
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Suzanne Bourgeois

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276079.003.0011

Biology raises numerous issues that have social and humanistic implications. Bronowski arranged visits of the linguist Roman Jakobson, which are the origin of language studies at the institute. Bronowski was also director of the Council for Biology in Human Affairs (CBHA), created by Slater to examine the consequences of progress in biology. The CBHA made available special postdoctoral fellowships to Michael Jacobson, who founded the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and to Michael Crichton, the science-fiction writer. It promoted study groups in the areas of parasitic diseases and of bioethics of gene manipulations. It sponsored a visiting fellowship for Edgar Morin that led to the creation of the Centre Royaumont pour une Science de L’Homme.

Keywords:   Roman Jakobson, linguist, Michael Jacobson, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Crichton, bioethics, Edgar Morin, Centre Royaumont

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