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Fearful Symmetries: Being Human in a Post-human World

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Philosophical Research Society

3910 Los Feliz Blvd.

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A lecture and discussion on Human Being/Being Human in the Digital Age, part 6 of a 6 part President's Class series

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In her essay “A Cyborg Manifesto,” theorist Donna Haraway writes: “By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.” That was 1985, and it laid the groundwork for a world with blurred borders and boundaries between both artificial intelligence and animals. Welcome to post-humanism, an idea born of and for the digital age.

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It is not hyperbole to say that technology has never been more integrated into our lives as human beings, but it is also true that such deep integration calls into question the nature of being human. Join us for a six-week lecture/discussion series that examines our fraught relationship with technology and comes to terms with what it means to be human in the digital age through the following questions: What ancient concepts and stories speak to our conflicted and intimate relationship with the tools we use that in turn use us? What is the status of truth in the digital age? How does technology employ and redistribute power? How does technology change our favorite emotion—love? What about the seeker in the digital age? Finally, what do human beings and being human mean in an age of artificial intelligence and cyborgs?

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