About Matthew Eppinette
My educational background includes business, information technology, and ethics. I have worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in communications, new media, information technology, and bioethics research. A chapter I wrote, “Human 2.0: Transhumanism as a Cultural Trend,” appears in Everyday Theology: How to Read Texts and Interpret Trends. It is the preview chapter for the book, so it is available as a PDF on the publisher’s website. I am also a contributing author to The New Media Frontier, having co-written chapters on podcasting & vlogging and on bioethics & blogging. I’ve co-written and co-produced six documentary films on diverse bioethics topics. I’m a Fellow of the Paul Ramsey Institute, and a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences and the American Academy of Religion. I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethics at Fuller Seminary’s Center for Advanced Theological Studies.
I have started a number of blogs over the years, some exploring film, some exploring bioethics, and some simply collecting random things that I may want to reference later. I’ve finally decided to aggregate all of that information at 2BHuman because for me, part of what it means to be human is to learn and grow and remember. Think of 2BHuman as an opportunity to look over my shoulder.
About Hollywood Bioethics
Hollywood Bioethics is a one to eight-week teaching series exploring the nexus of theology, bioethics, and popular culture—primarily but not exclusively in film. In it I present a number of bioethics issues, explain what they are, demonstrate their portrayal in popular culture, and introduce a biblical / theological framework for exploring them.
As a launching point, consider the fact that enduring stories generally share a three-act structure: introduction, complication, resolution. Similarly, the “story” of bioethics can be told in three acts: taking life (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia), making life (reproductive technologies, stem cell research, cloning), and faking life (neuroethics, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, transhumanism).
Please Note: The views I express here and in my other speaking and writing are my own and do not necessarily those of any organization with which I am affiliated.