Ullica Segerstrale

Segerstrale, Ullica

Segerstrale, Ullica

Professor of Sociology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Fellow, WAAS

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Professor of Sociology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Fellow, WAAS

Ullica Segerstrale is Professor of Sociology at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. She is known for her work in Sociology and Social Psychology of Science, focusing on science, technology and values, "nature-nurture" controversies, and research ethics. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and four books. Her most recent book is Nature's Oracle (2013), a study of W.D. (Bill) Hamilton ("Darwin of the 20th century"), a scientist of extraordinary, life-long scientific creativity. She is the winner of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fellow of WAAS, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and a foreign member of the Finnish Society for Science and Letters.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

Futuristic Scenarios and Human Nature
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article discusses current developments in information technology and artificial intelligence and their projected implications for humankind. It examines the arguments and projections of some contemporary technological pessimists and optimists in the light of historical insights about technological development and asks what kind of situation we are in at present. Should we believe, with extreme technological optimists, that we will soon reach a point, the...
The Heart of the Humanities
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Having enjoyed a leading academic position, the Humanities have increasingly been on the defensive against the dominant and unified natural sciences. In this situation, what could unify the Humanities and strengthen their social position? An obvious strategy would be to respond to an urgent global need for value discourse. The Humanities are in the perfect position to address those aspects of the human experience that the natural sciences are simply unqualified to...