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Being Human Virtually
March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
David Shier, associate dean of the Honors College and researcher in philosophy of language, early analytic philosophy, and philosophy of sports, will deliver this lecture. The gravitational pull of digital/virtual worlds is undeniable; they grab our attention and pull us right in. We can expect to live increasingly significant parts of our lives in these high-powered, immersive environments. We are by now accustomed to thinking about the enormous impact on the ways we organize our daily lives, our commerce, our communications, and our societies. But we also need to ask ourselves about how these technologies may be transforming us as people, profoundly changing the way we experience the world, our sense of self, and even our concept of what it is to be human. This lecture will consider just a few of the ways in which life on the digital/virtual frontier is transforming the human experience—from electronic communication, to our ideas of agency, and ultimately to ways we are literally becoming cyborgs. Verification of attendance available.