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Philosophy Talk: Paradigms on Planet Earth – EVENT FULL

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MST

Philosophy Talk Details


A fun community philosophy gathering exploring some paradigm shifts on planet earth….and aliens!  Featuring guest scholar Stephen Maly, our night will involve a combination of presentation and Q & A and conversation. 

For the first part of our gathering, we’ll explore diverse ways of perceiving our worldly existence through a series of slides, images, quotes, sound bites, and narrative. The featured paradigms (perceptual models) will be laden with both scientific and emotional considerations, to prompt philosophical reflection. 

After observing a sequence of these shifting paradigms & examining why and how intelligent aliens might seek to intervene in human affairs, we’ll dive into a fun conversation sparked by the group’s collective imagination. 

Lights snacks and beverages provided.  BYOB.

Philosophy Talk: Paradigms on Planet Earth

w/ Paradiplomat & Global Civics Scholar Stephen Maly

When & Where

This philosophy talk led by guest scholar Stephen Maly will take place in the Reeder’s Alley Conference Center on Thursday, February 22nd. No prior background in philosophy is required to participate.


Date: Thursday, February 22nd
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm MT (Doors open at 6pm)
Where: Reeder’s Alley (Conference Center)

Registration Info

RSVP:  Sorry, we are full/no more seats available
Cost: Free (Donations Appreciated)
Other: Light snacks provided/BYOB

Guest Scholar

Stephen Maly recently retired from Helena Civic Television and relocated to Bozeman to pursue opportunities to further a multi-disciplinary project called the Global Civics Initiative. Stephen’s academic background includes an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in international affairs from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He spent a year at the University of Sussex as a Rotary Scholar and enjoyed a two-year fellowship in Canada from the Institute of Current World Affairs. As a self-described “paradiplomat,” Maly has produced documentaries about Montana’s formal ties with China and Taiwan, the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, and Canada, as well as programs on UN Peacekeeping in the Balkans and transnational peace parks in conflict zones. He is currently working on a book of essays as part of the Global Civics endeavor and is as curious and perplexed as anyone about the mixed, oftentimes contradictory roles that advanced technologies—droned, satellites, surveillance systems, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and a host of others—play in the realm of foreign affairs.


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