Philosophy Symposium: “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 3)

Co-Directed/Hosted by Marisa Diaz-Waian, M.A. (Founder & Executive Director, Merlin CCC),  Tim Holmes, M.F.A. (Local & Internationally-Renowned Artist), Pastor Russ Danaher (Pastor & ADA Coordinator, Montana Department of Corrections), and Ross Peter Nelson, M.F.A. (Playwright & Software Engineer) this interactive Q & A-style symposium is part 3 (of a 3-part…

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

Co-Directed/Hosted by Marisa Diaz-Waian, M.A. (Founder & Executive Director, Merlin CCC),  Tim Holmes, M.F.A. (Local & Internationally-Renowned Artist), and Pastor Russ Danaher (Pastor and ADA Coordinator, Montana Department of Corrections) this interactive Q & A-style symposium is part 2 (or a 3-part series) on the human-technology relationship and features a…

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Can Stoicism Help Tame Frustration?

Frustration is not a foreign concept.  We have all experienced it — some more than others and for a variety of reasons.  But does this mean that frustration is an inevitability?   According to Albert Ellis — founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy — the answer is no. While…

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Philosophy Symposium: Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” is an evening symposium that looks at the less emphasized properties of the human spirit in relation to technology and technological advances. Co-Directed/Hosted by Marisa Diaz-Waian, M.A. (Founder & Executive Director, Merlin CCC), Tim Holmes, M.F.A. (Local & Internationally-Renowned Artist) & Dr. Barry Ferst, Ph.D. (Professor…

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Lessons on Empathy & Compassion from the Classroom

Empathy and compassion are some of the greatest life lessons we can ever hope to learn. While expanding our minds is (and should be) a goal of our educational systems, lessons that help to expand our hearts are often (sadly) less of a focus. In this award-winning documentary, Mr. Toshiro…

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Boys Can Be Boys & Still Have Feelings

Feeling is human!  And that goes for boys just as much as girls.    Being able to embrace and express your feelings is an important part of experiencing life to its fullest.  It is also intimately connected to our mental, physical, and emotional health. Lena Aburdene Derhally, psychotherapist at Washington D.C.’s…

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Can David Hume Help You With a Mid-Life Crisis?

Who says philosophy can’t help you with major life issues?  Author and Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at U.C. Berkeley, Alison Gopnik, talks about how mid-century philosopher David Hume (coupled with a healthy does of Buddhism) helped her solve her mid-life crisis.  Read more…

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Practical Guidelines for Empathy

Think empathy is overrated?  Think again!  Empathy is crucial to our and others’ well-being in countless ways.  In this article, Dr. Elliot D. Cohen, one of the principal founders of philosophical counseling in the United States & Executive Director of the National Philosophical Counseling Association, helps to clarify the nature…

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