• PLAN 9 BOOK CLUB FROM OUTER SPACE

    Austin Recreation Center

    At the Plan 9 meetings, we're studying Schopenhauer's The World As Will And Representation. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into Schopenhauer's overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of Schopenhauer's philosophy. If this sort of thing interests you, you're definitely welcome to come on by!

  • Science Fiction as Phil 20 Snowpiercer and Climate Change

    Science Fiction as Philosophy course https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/sci-phi-science-fiction-as-philosophy.html "The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. " We watch and discuss one lecture per week. Here is the full list of lectures for the course: 1 Inception and the Interpretation of Art 2 The Matrix and the Value of Knowledge 3 The Matrix Sequels and Human Free Will 4 The Adjustment Bureau, the Force, and Fate 5 Contact: Science versus Religion 6 Arrival: Aliens and Radical Translation 7 Interstellar: Is Time Travel Possible? 8 Doctor Who and Time Travel Paradoxes 9 Star Trek: TNG and Alternate Worlds 10 Dark City, Dollhouse, and Personal Identity 11 Westworld and A.I. Artificial Intelligence 12 Transcendence and the Dangers of AI 13 The Thirteenth Floor: Are We Simulated? 14 The Orville, Orwell, and the “Black Mirror” 15 Star Wars: Good versus Evil 16 Firefly, Blake's 7, and Political Rebellion 17 Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, and Just War 18 The Prime Directive and Postcolonialism 19 Capitalism in Metropolis, Elysium, and Panem 20 Snowpiercer and Climate Change 21 Soylent Green: Overpopulation and Euthanasia 22 Gattaca and the Ethics of Reproduction 23 The Handmaid's Tale: Feminism and Religion 24 Kubrick’s 2001 and Nietzsche’s Übermensch

  • JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do?

    Austin Recreation Center

    Each week we will watch a lecture, then circle the chairs and discuss our reactions. We start viewing a lecture between 11:00 and 11:05, thus it is better to arrive at or before 11 am. The current lecture series: JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do? (by Michael Sandel, Harvard University) http://justiceharvard.org/justicecourse/ Walk-ins welcome!

  • Tools of Think 18 Hypotheses and Experiments—A Closer Look

    La Madeleine - Sunset Valley

    Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason Dr. James Hall https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/tools-of-thinking-understanding-the-world-through-experience-and-reason.html We will watch and discuss one lecture per meeting. The meeting limit is 12 people. Full lecture list for this course: 1 What Are “Tools of Thinking”? 2 Which Tools of Thinking Are Basic? 3 Platonic Intuition, Memory, and Reason 4 Intuition, Memory, and Reason—Problems 5 Sense Experience—A More Modern Take 6 Observation and Immediate Inferences 7 Further Immediate Inferences 8 Categorical Syllogisms 9 Ancient Logic in Modern Dress 10 Systematic Doubt and Rational Certainty 11 The Limits of Sense Experience 12 Inferences Demand Relevant Evidence 13 Proper Inferences Avoid Equivocation 14 Induction Is Slippery but Unavoidable 15 The Scientific Revolution 16 Hypotheses and Experiments—A First Look 17 How Empirical Is Modern Empiricism? 18 Hypotheses and Experiments—A Closer Look 19 “Normal Science” at Mid-Century 20 Modern Logic—Truth Tables 21 Modern Logic—Sentential Arguments 22 Modern Logic—Predicate Arguments 23 Postmodern and New-Age Problems 24 Rational Empiricism in the 21st Century

  • PLAN 9 BOOK CLUB FROM OUTER SPACE

    Austin Recreation Center

    At the Plan 9 meetings, we're studying Schopenhauer's The World As Will And Representation. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into Schopenhauer's overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of Schopenhauer's philosophy. If this sort of thing interests you, you're definitely welcome to come on by!

  • Science Fiction as Philosophy

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    Science Fiction as Philosophy course https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/sci-phi-science-fiction-as-philosophy.html "The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. " We watch and discuss one lecture per week. Here is the full list of lectures for the course: 1 Inception and the Interpretation of Art 2 The Matrix and the Value of Knowledge 3 The Matrix Sequels and Human Free Will 4 The Adjustment Bureau, the Force, and Fate 5 Contact: Science versus Religion 6 Arrival: Aliens and Radical Translation 7 Interstellar: Is Time Travel Possible? 8 Doctor Who and Time Travel Paradoxes 9 Star Trek: TNG and Alternate Worlds 10 Dark City, Dollhouse, and Personal Identity 11 Westworld and A.I. Artificial Intelligence 12 Transcendence and the Dangers of AI 13 The Thirteenth Floor: Are We Simulated? 14 The Orville, Orwell, and the “Black Mirror” 15 Star Wars: Good versus Evil 16 Firefly, Blake's 7, and Political Rebellion 17 Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, and Just War 18 The Prime Directive and Postcolonialism 19 Capitalism in Metropolis, Elysium, and Panem 20 Snowpiercer and Climate Change 21 Soylent Green: Overpopulation and Euthanasia 22 Gattaca and the Ethics of Reproduction 23 The Handmaid's Tale: Feminism and Religion 24 Kubrick’s 2001 and Nietzsche’s Übermensch

  • JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do?

    Austin Recreation Center

    Each week we will watch a lecture, then circle the chairs and discuss our reactions. We start viewing a lecture between 11:00 and 11:05, thus it is better to arrive at or before 11 am. The current lecture series: JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do? (by Michael Sandel, Harvard University) http://justiceharvard.org/justicecourse/ Walk-ins welcome!

  • Redefining Reality - The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    La Madeleine - Sunset Valley

    Video lectures from The Teaching Company, followed by discussion. https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/redefining-reality-the-intellectual-implications-of-modern-science.html No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality, presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual adventure. 1. Metaphysics and the Nature of Science 2. Defining Reality 3. Mathematics in Crisis 4. Special Relativity 5. General Relativity 6. Big Bang Cosmology 7. The Reality of Atoms 8. Quantum Mechanics 9. Quantum Field Theory 10. Chaos Theory 11. Dark Matter and Dark Energy 12. Grand Unified Theories 13. Quantum Consciousness 14. Defining Reality in the Life Sciences 15. Genes and Identity 16. The Birth of Psychology 17. Jung and the Behaviorists 18. The Rediscovery of the Mind 19. The Caring Brain 20. Brain and Self 21. Evolutionary Psychology 22. The Birth of Sociology 23. Competition and Cooperation 24. Race and Reality 25. Social Progress 26. The Reality of Money 27. The Origin of Life 28. Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life 29. Technology and Death 30. Cloning and Identity 31. Genetic Engineering 32. Medically Enhanced Humans 33. Transhumans: Making Living Gods 34. Artificial Intelligence 35. The Internet and Virtual Reality 36. Data Analytics

  • PLAN 9 BOOK CLUB FROM OUTER SPACE

    Austin Recreation Center

    At the Plan 9 meetings, we're studying Schopenhauer's The World As Will And Representation. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into Schopenhauer's overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of Schopenhauer's philosophy. If this sort of thing interests you, you're definitely welcome to come on by!

  • Science Fiction as Philosophy

    Needs a location

    Science Fiction as Philosophy course https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/sci-phi-science-fiction-as-philosophy.html "The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. " We watch and discuss one lecture per week. Here is the full list of lectures for the course: 1 Inception and the Interpretation of Art 2 The Matrix and the Value of Knowledge 3 The Matrix Sequels and Human Free Will 4 The Adjustment Bureau, the Force, and Fate 5 Contact: Science versus Religion 6 Arrival: Aliens and Radical Translation 7 Interstellar: Is Time Travel Possible? 8 Doctor Who and Time Travel Paradoxes 9 Star Trek: TNG and Alternate Worlds 10 Dark City, Dollhouse, and Personal Identity 11 Westworld and A.I. Artificial Intelligence 12 Transcendence and the Dangers of AI 13 The Thirteenth Floor: Are We Simulated? 14 The Orville, Orwell, and the “Black Mirror” 15 Star Wars: Good versus Evil 16 Firefly, Blake's 7, and Political Rebellion 17 Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, and Just War 18 The Prime Directive and Postcolonialism 19 Capitalism in Metropolis, Elysium, and Panem 20 Snowpiercer and Climate Change 21 Soylent Green: Overpopulation and Euthanasia 22 Gattaca and the Ethics of Reproduction 23 The Handmaid's Tale: Feminism and Religion 24 Kubrick’s 2001 and Nietzsche’s Übermensch