Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture, Friday October 21, 7pm, Jesup Library
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From a Smarter Planet to a Wiser Earth: A Quaker Philosopher’s Experiments in Moving Out of the Ivory Tower”
Speaker: College of the Atlantic Professor Gray Cox
How can we ask philosophical questions and talk meaningfully about them in ways that connect with our everyday lives, the problems our communities face, and the big challenges that threaten the future of our grandchildren and the legacies we will leave? Gray will provide some examples from his own work and others’ to illustrate approaches to this. He will look at ways we deal with conflict, economics, ecology, and the growing role of artificial intelligence in our world. The talk will be followed by an opportunity for dialogue on Friday evening. Also, on Saturday morning he will provide a follow up session to further discuss themes raised in the talk as well as to explore the methods of communal discernment and “spirit-led” research that he and other members of the Quaker Institute for the Future have been experimenting with for 20 years.
About the Speaker:
Gray Cox teaches in philosophy, peace studies, language learning and artificial intelligence as part of College of the Atlantic’s program in Human Ecology.