Campfire Philosophy Outing/Field Seminar Program in Yellowstone — “Where the Wild Things Are: An Exploration of Our Relationship with the Wild”

This dynamic and interactive Yellowstone Forever Institute field seminar program & Merlin campfire philosophy outing explores our relationship with the wild through the lens of literature, philosophy & science. Led by Marisa Diaz-Waian & Thomas Baumeister, the 4-day program involves a mix of classroom and outdoor time — with a heavy emphasis on the outdoors, reflection, experiential learning, and discussion. The field seminar program/outing runs from August 24th – 28th 2020 and includes lodging at Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus in Yellowstone National Park.

Continue reading

November 2019 Philosophy Walk: Nature & the Humanities

What a great way to spend a November morning & afternoon!  On this month’s philosophy walk we roamed the trails of Mount Helena while talking about nature and the humanities with guest speakers Edward Glowienka & Henry Kramer. Access audio recordings & photos from the walk here!

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

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!  

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading