Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Black Lab Pub, Churchill Room • 4100 Montrose Blvd.
Social 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m., Presentation 7:30- 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 Pre-registered members; $35 non-members & ALL walk-ups (Credit Cards Now Accepted)
$15 Emeritus/Life/Honorary; HGS Students Members: FREE
To guarantee a seat, you must pre-register on the HGS website and pay with a credit card. You may walk up and pay at the door if extra seats are available. Please cancel by phone or email within 24 hours before the event for a refund. Monday scheduled HGS meetings need to be canceled the Friday before by 2 pm. Online & pre-registration closes Wednesday, September 12, at 5:00 a.m.
Speaker: Robert Traylor
Getting a Grip on Ethics (A Contrarian’s Argument)
In school, I was very tempted to major in philosophy, but stuck with petroleum geology for the money. Nonetheless, for my entire life, “How we think and why we think that way” has been a fascinating challenge and armchair pursuit. This casual intellectual fascination includes investigating the philosophies of science, geology (in particular), and ethics. With that ambiguity in mind, I would like to avoid the usual ethics talk of listing the changes and interpretations of the various laws, rules, regulations, and the assorted other instructions of personal and professional behavior. It is not that such an endeavor is unimportant to ethics education, but I am no expert in the latest dynamics of good professional conduct and, therefore, unqualified to discuss the subject(s). From a layman’s view, I want to dig deeper into the fundamental reasoning processes behind our conduct as practicing geologists and scientists. In other words, I would like to explore the heart of, “How we think and why we think that way.”
Traylor is a retired geologist with more than 45 years of experience as a petroleum geologist. The first half of his career was spent in the Houston petroleum industry and the last half was spent as a geological advisor to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the Texas petroleum industry.