CfP: Scientific Laws Reform Conference

The International Physicists Society (IPS) and the Institute for Overcautious Inquiry (IOI) invite you to submit abstracts for the 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Moral and Ethical Aspects of the Scientific Laws Reform.

Last October the American Physics Association announced their plans to reform the scientific laws. In particular, the suggestions that gravity could be suspended once a year, teleportation allowed on weekends, and reading of minds enabled in criminal proceedings, prompted heated reactions on all sides of the political spectrum. The benefits of the reform of laws of physics are clear, but the risks are also not absent. The aim of the conference is to create a space for exchange of thoughts and ideas regarding this topical problem.

The suggested areas of inquiry include, but are not limited, to:

  • Teleportation and climate change: is saving the planet worth making airline companies go bankrupt?
  • Reading your mind instead of your texts: individual preference for people learning what one wrote while drinking vs. what one actually thinks.
  • Physical dogmatics: benefits and risks of a naturalist approach to gravity. Are we ready to change the G?
  • Walking through the walls, comparative approach: European brick-houses, American paper-houses and need of standardization of something.
  • Laws of physics, laws of language: if sleep is no longer needed, can you still “sleep with someone”?
  • Getting over the hangover. Will switching the day-after headache make us less human?
  • Jurisdiction of Science: the transnational effects of scientific laws’ reform.

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be posted as comments below.

All names in this post are fictional. Any resemblance to real entities is unintended, even if unavoidable.

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