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REED PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR CITED IN NY TIMES

Mark Bedau ’77, Reed College associate professor of philosophy and humanities, was cited as an expert in the philosophy of biology in a December 18 New York Times article on how the definitions of life have been changing. In "Defining the Undefinable: The Living Cell," written by Natalie Angier, Bedau weighed in on the current state of life and technology: "The question is especially interesting now that science and technology are continually pushing the boundaries of what living or lifelike systems exist, and what they may look like in the future," he said. Others quoted in the article came from UC-San Diego, Case Western Reserve, Princeton, the University of Massachusetts, Rockefeller University, and the City University of New York.

Bedau has been researching artificial life for many years and is a known expert in the field. (See the May 1999 Reed magazine article about him.) A graduate of Reed College, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of California–Berkeley and has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1991.