ABC-TV’s Big Ideas program, UNSWTV, the RiAus and the UNSW Faculty of Science are presenting the following panel discussion on Wednesday 14 September in the Ritchie Theatre, Scientia Building at UNSW.
Modern technology is rearranging the possibilities for families and relationships. We can fertilise eggs in-vitro and buy sperm over the internet. People can have sex without any danger of having babies, and have babies without having sex. Families can have a mum and dad, or one or the other, or two mums, or two dads.
In thei Hot Seat event, we ask what the “natural” family looks like, and how that should affect the family arrangements we recognise. We also ask what happens when a whole generation starts having children in non-traditional family units. How will the next generation of children turn out? What does it mean for the future of our society and our species.
Professor Rob Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist and author of Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World
Jane McCredie, writer, journalist, publisher and author of Making Girls and Boys: Inside the Science of Sex
Mrs Babette Francis, mother, writer and Endeavour Forum lobbyist
Dr Kimberly O’Brien, child psychologist, lecturer and media commentator.
MODERATOR: Dr Paul Willis, Director of the RiAus
Seating is limited, so RSVP is essential. Go to http://www.science.unsw.edu.au/hot-seat/ to register and pre-submit questions.