'Understanding Social Construction: The Ontological Difference'

'Understanding Social Construction: The Ontological Difference and the Difference It Makes'

Speaker: Ronnie Hawkins, Ph.D

Synopsis:

Since ontology is that branch of philosophy that deals with existence, studying it forces you to move to a "meta-level" of analysis, stepping back from the everyday world of personal concerns far enough to consider questions about the nature of what we take for "reality."

Can we see ourselves as social primates engaging in certain sorts of collective beliefs and actions, and choose to make intelligent changes on that basis?

Some of the questions that will come up include:

1) What does it mean to "live in a bubble"?
2) What is money?
3) What is the difference between "the economy" and the  ecology?
4) How do the subject matters of science, religion, ethics, law, and economics differ ontologically?

BIO:

Received her M.D. from the University of Florida in 1974 and a Ph.D. in philosophy there in 1994. She has taught courses in philosophy of science, environmental philosophy, bioethics, and existentialism at UCF up until her retirement this past summer.

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More Comprehensive Explanation of Ontology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology

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  • Alan G.

    This was an extraordinarily interesting topic succinctly and engagingly presented.

    March 19, 2012

  • Steve S.

    I can't remember another speaker who, after the event was over, had so many people come up to discuss her presentation... some people didn't get out of there until 5pm.

    March 19, 2012

  • Adam N.

    This was the best program we've had in a long time and since i have enjoyed all of the previous programs that's saying something! I hope that the presenter joins our group she would be a wonderful addition to an already great community!

    March 19, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Terrific talk! Can't wait to get a copy of her future book.

    March 18, 2012

  • Cathy G

    An excellent presentation. I think it really got everyone thinking about what each of us can do to effect change.

    March 18, 2012

  • Dave S.

    This was the most interesting Freethinkers' presentation I've heard in several (5?) years of attending. A lucid, engaging explanation of some very difficult concepts about humans' understanding and misunderstanding of the world. Three cheers for Dr. Hawkins! If you missed it, you missed a gem; see if you can hear her somewhere else!

    March 18, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Go to our other future meeting pages for your answer.

    March 18, 2012

  • Steve S.

    Hi Bettye, As far as I know, and though her photo may give you that nun impression, Dr Hawkins has never been interested in that specific religious relationship. No - she has never been a nun, though it would look awfully good on her resume.... lol

    March 17, 2012

  • Bettye

    My memory has it that our speaker was a former nun. Is this the same speaker?

    March 17, 2012

  • Steve S.

    This should be a really good presentation. Professor Hawkins will discuss the way we may see the world, as opposed to the reality... the difference between reality and social construction. She touches on patriarchal societies and feminism, compares humans to other primates, and discusses the concept of money. Expect an intelligent PowerPoint presentation and a good Q&A session.

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (cont'd. from prev. post) everything else. How do we promote Love-based values over fear-based mentalities? Like the classic song from The Sixties by Peter, Paul & Mary, "The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind" . . . We are the Wind -- and We are The World! (End of Post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (cont'd. from prev. post) foster feminist/humanist values of cooperation over competition? How do we get people to Recognize that Nature is our Source -- that we come from the Four Elements of Air, Water, Earth & Fire -- and that we Disrespect Mother Nature as our Source to our own peril & destruction. Our roots are in the earth. If we can't love the earth (& the other elements), how can we love ourselves? Our connection to the Earth (or Dis-connection) determines (cont'd. on next post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (cont'd. from prev. post) of ethical upbringing the greedmongers of Wall Street had. What causes the Ego to run amok anyway? Is the Ego the most identifiable "root cause of the 'crap'" in the world? If not the Ego, then what IS? If we can't identify the Source of the problem, we don't have a chance of solving it. How? do we get people to Want to be good without the inducement or threat of heaven & hell? How do we combat the forces of evil in our world? How can we (cont'd. on next post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (cont'd. from prev. post)--that's why I think it's so important that people be allowed to and taught to think for themselves -- to Question Everything! and not be brainwashed as children in a belief system (especially a narrow-minded, egocentric one--as I was--that purports to have "'THE' Truth") of any kind, but rather be exposed to various ways of looking at the world and themselves--and then let them Choose what they want to believe or hypothesize. I wonder what kind (cont'd. on next post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (cont'd from prev. post) of narrow-minded thinking in fundamentalist religious extremism of various kinds -- plus the Cancer of egocentric, pathological & ultimately planet & humanity/civilization-destroying Greed coming from the highest levels of our governments worldwide--filtering up from individual thinking. What an Individual thinks/believes is carried up the line to our whole civilization. A person's religion or philosophy is the foundation of everything else--(cont'd. on next post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    I had never heard of the word "Ontology" until I saw this Announcement. It made me think quite quickly of another word spelled the same except for one crucial letter: the "c" instead of the "t" -- which would make it "Oncology" or the field of medicine that relates to Cancer. I began to think of Cancer and another key word of her speech title: "Social." This one letter that separates the two words makes all the difference in the world. There is indeed a Cancer (cont'd. on next post)

    March 17, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Parking at the U-Club is FREE! We have a scheduled event at the U-Club every 3rd Sunday of the month in their LIBRARY.

    March 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This weekend WP art show. Parking at U-club is usually accessible only for fee. Do u know if we will be charged? Thx, Liz

    March 15, 2012

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