Title

Old Ideas in a New Age: Descartes' Influence on Modern Animal Farming

Presenter Information

Nathan Jarus

Department

English and Technical Communication

Major

Computer Science

Research Advisor

Johnson, Lindgren H.

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Abstract

Descartes' philosophy has had a profound influence on modern science and technology. This paper explores his ideas about animals and their influence on modern farming. It then discusses modern scientific advances, particularly those of Temple Grandin, and how they have cast a shadow of doubt on Descartes' approach to the animal. In light of these errors in Descartes' views, modern farming methods must be re-evaluated.

Biography

Nathan is a junior in Computer Science here at Missouri S&T. He has been a LEAD Peer Learning Assistant, and is involved in the local ACM chapter. Along with Computer Science, Nathan has an intense interest in philosophy: ideas about ideas. He plans to continue into graduate school after completing his Bachelors' degree.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, First place

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Old Ideas in a New Age: Descartes' Influence on Modern Animal Farming

Turner Room

Descartes' philosophy has had a profound influence on modern science and technology. This paper explores his ideas about animals and their influence on modern farming. It then discusses modern scientific advances, particularly those of Temple Grandin, and how they have cast a shadow of doubt on Descartes' approach to the animal. In light of these errors in Descartes' views, modern farming methods must be re-evaluated.