Philosophy Workshop: Thinking Ecologically About Virtue & Value (Fall 2019)

For many philosophers, scientists, and ordinary people, “species” are not only descriptive categories of how things are, but ideal models for how things should be. In this workshop, led by David Nowakowski, we took a whirlwind tour of “species” from antiquity to the present, in order to better understand the hidden assumptions behind our own thinking today…and what thinking ecologically might tell us about virtue & value. Access resources & photos here!

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Science on Tap: Three Thought Experiments that Revolutionized Science

Most people can identify the ideas that have revolutionized science as we know it.  But what about the thought experiments behind those ideas?  The ideas behind the ideas that gave rise to our vision of the world today? This free interactive & theatrical presentation was held on January 31st at ExplorationWorks as part of their Science on Tap project and explored three thought experiments that revolutionized science. Guest speakers Marisa Diaz-Waian (who played the role of the student), Martin Richard (the mad scientist) & Michael Chapman (the philosopher) examined the role of imagination and wonder in scientific and philosophical thinking and invited audience members to share in the fun!  

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Science on Tap: “Three Thought Experiments that Revolutionized Science”

Most people can identify the ideas that have revolutionized science as we know it. But what about the thought experiments behind those ideas? The ideas behind the ideas that gave rise to our vision of the world today? This FREE interactive presentation will be held at Exploration Works as part of their Science on Tap project and will explore three thought experiments that revolutionized science. FUN FOR ALL AGES!

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Philosophy Walk

As humans, we are a part of nature…not separate from it.  This is important to remember, especially if we are concerned about the environment, feel disconnected in important ways, and wish to reconnect.  So how might we do this? Both biomimicry and philosophy offer some valuable insights.  Please join us…

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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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The Generative Power of Being Wrong

Being wrong is not often glorified.  But there is great value in being wrong.  According to Daniel Dennett — American philosopher & cognitive scientist known for his research on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology — “the history of philosophy is in large measure the history…

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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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