A Brave New World

Hey there world! I’m Cameron Fox, and this site is my attempt to bring together my thoughts, personal productions, and outside resources as they pertain to science and society. But first, here’s a little background:

By the time I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017, I had distilled my interests in STEM fields and the humanities into a major in neuroscience and a minor in philosophy. However, I found that the gap between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences still felt wide and intimidating; most career paths seemed to fit cleanly into one box or the other.

After spending a year working in Dubai, I discovered Duke’s MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. Through the program, I am investigating the big, multivalent issues I believe will define the future we are rapidly moving towards. As our scientific acumen advances, it is imperative that our moral accountability keeps pace. We are sitting on the edge of the knife; advances in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and genetics have the potential to transform us or destroy us.

What will happen if AI advances beyond our ability to control it? Should we enhance our cognitive abilities through chemicals or computers? What are the ethics of genetically modifying embryos or adults? If we wish to live in a world where science is just, equitable, and wise, we cannot remain in our silos – whether they be academic, geographic, or socio-economic – ignoring the broader ramifications of our actions. I strive to do what I can to help bridge these gaps; I strive to help create a space between disciplines and backgrounds where meaningful dialogue can flourish to the benefit of all.

If we wish to be good communicators, we can’t hope that the world will simply tolerates science. We must actively work to bring the broader public into the conversation, to pique their interest, as it were. This website is the *literal* space where I have decided to aggregate some of the resources I have created and others that have compelled me over the past few months. I hope you enjoy!