Monday, December 8, 2008

Transhumanist Meetup - Democracy in danger: Catastrophic threats and the rise of political extremism

Transhumanist Meetup - Democracy in danger: Catastrophic threats and the rise of political extremism

Saturday, December 13th at 5:00 pm
Location: Centre for Inquiry Ontario, 216 Beverley St, Toronto ON (just south of College St. at St. George St.)

A free public 30-minute presentation by George Dvorsky, followed by a Q & A and discussion.

Summary: An examination of the role that existential and catastrophic risks will have in influencing the rise of political extremism and the potential for extremism to:

* emerge and play a pivotal role in future geopolitics and human organization
* erode democratic institutions and ideals
* facilitate or instigate catastrophes (either through influence, action or inaction)
* prevent catastrophes and help with disaster recovery
* represent existential risks unto themselves

Note: George performed this talk at the recent symposium put on by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called: Global Catastrophic Risks: Building a Resilient Civilization. The event was held on Nov. 14 in Sunnyvale, California at the Computer History Museum.

Stick around for the Centre for Inquiry's Science Fiction Film Screening evening, featuring "Kin-dza-dza"
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/ontario/events/science_fiction_movie_night_kin_dza_dza/

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