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RESEARCH CLUSTER: Science and Subjectivity

LED BY:
Professor of Biological Sciences Robert Pollack, Columbia University
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RCSS DIRECTOR BOB POLLACK IN 1983, NEXT TO SUBWAY POSTER, 116 ST. STATION.
RCSS DIRECTOR BOB POLLACK AND DR. OLIVER SACKS, AT A PRESENTATION BY DR. SACKS IN THE FACULTY HOUSE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
DR. PILAR JENNINGS AND REVEREND DONALD SHRIVER, EMERITUS PRESIDENT OF UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON MEMORY AND SLAVERY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
HARVARD MEDICAL STUDENT ASHLEY SHAW WITH AMY POLLACK AT A STUDENT SHOW OF AMY’S WORK, WIEN HALL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
RABBI ADIN STEINSALTZ AND REVEREND JAMES FORBES JR. AFTER A SESSION OF A CSSR SYMPOSIUM ON THE LIMITS OF LOVE, LOW LIBRARY ROTUNDA, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
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DESCRIPTION:
The RCSS was established in 2014 with an endowment provided by Harvey Krueger (CC ’61, Law ’64). Our intention is to bring together students and faculty around issues involving science, service, and subjectivity. The proper study of such issues requires that all participants know what they are seeing, even if what they see is altogether new to them. We have found that this is difficult, but possible. As Rabbi Heschel says: “Our sight is suffused with knowing, instead of feeling painfully the lack of knowing what we see. The principle to be kept in mind is to know what we see rather than to see what we know.” (Heschel, A. J., “The Prophets, an Introduction,” Harper Torchbooks, 1962, p. xi.)

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