Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Immortality, and Dad

Immortality is a common theme in circles of philosophical, theological, and others fields of thought…and for obvious reasons.  When we lose the ones we love, its hard to let them go.  When James Vlahos’ father was diagnosed with cancer, he wondered if there was a way to keep the essence …

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Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“Ever since I was a teenager,” says Max Tegmark, “I felt that the two greatest mysteries of science were the mystery out there, our universe, and the mystery in here, in our heads, the mind.”   In this interview, Ariel Conn (of Future of Life Institute), talks with Tegmark — MIT …

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2017 Philosophy Symposium – “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 2)

Co-directed by Merlin CCC (in conjunction with Tim Holmes, local and internationally-renowned artist, and Pastor Russ Danaher, ADA Coordinator, Montana Department of Corrections) and hosted by Carroll College,  “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 2) was the second of three community events geared to initiate a public discussion about the human-technology …

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Technology in the Classroom

In a time where on-line distractions are at an all-time high, is there room for technology in the classroom?  More precisely, can technology if used correctly help facilitate student engagement & enhance learning?  Recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer and Chemistry Lecturer and Ohio State …

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The Power of Metaphor

Metaphor is a powerful tool.  Philosophers, poets, scientists, artists, authors, and thinkers across the ages have turned to metaphor to help clarify ideas, make connections, enlarge perspectives and scope, and cross intellectual & emotional terrains.  In this wonderful On Being interview conducted on December 22nd of 2016, Krista Tippett and …

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2016 Philosophy Symposium – “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 1)

Co-directed by Merlin CCC (in conjunction with Dr. Barry Ferst, Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, and Tim Holmes, internationally-renowned artist) and hosted by Carroll College,  “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” was the first of three community events geared to initiate a public discussion about the human-technology relationship and the promises …

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Bringing Existentialism Home

Existentialism is a term that was explicitly adopted by Jean-Paul Sartre to refer to his philosophical work, but became identified with a larger cultural & philosophical movement that flourished in Europe in mid-20th century.  As an interesting sidebar, there are also some 19th philosophers who are referred to as existentialists, …

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A Crash Course on ‘What Is Philosophy?’

At our Beat the Heat Philosophy Party in August, one of our presentations explored what philosophy is, what it isn’t, and why we should care.  This fun video from the Crash Course series provides some additional insight about the matter, including a brief history of philosophy (primarily from a western …

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