Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Upcoming TTA Event - Philosophy & Science of the Matrix: Part 1 on Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY & SCIENCE OF THE MATRIX: PART 1 ON PHILOSOPHY

Saturday, January 10th at 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Centre for Inquiry Ontario, 216 Beverley St., Toronto, ON (just south of College St. at St. George St.)

Two Toronto Transhumanist Association Meetups will discuss the philosophy and science behind the popular Matrix trilogy. All Transhumanist meetups are public events.

On Saturday, January 10, 2009 we will screen "Return to Source: The Philosophy of The Matrix" which is an hour long discussion on the philosophical elements of the movie. We will then hold a round table discussion.

On Saturday, February 14, 2009, we will screen "The Hard Problem: the Science Behind the Fiction", which is an hour long discussion of the science of the films and its possibilities for a real life Matrix. We will then hold a round table discussion.

Both these films are from Disc 8 of The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix/ The Matrix Reloaded/ The Matrix Revolutions/ The Animatrix) (2003) called "The Roots of the Matrix."

Whether you're a fan of the films or just interested in the implications of the possibility of simulating a virtual reality universe, you won't want to miss these events.

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Meetups are hosted by the Toronto Transhumanist Association (http://toronto.transhumanism.com/). They take place the second Saturday of each month, 5-7pm. They alternate between presentations and interactive discussions. Those interested are invited - though not obliged - to join the Facebook and/or Meetup groups

Meetups will revolve around the resources provided on www.betterhumans.com. Betterhumans is an online community of forward thinkers dedicated to discussing, celebrating and creating the future. Through the facilitation and aggregation of informative and provocative content and the creation and application of enabling communications technology, we aim to get more people thinking about the future, inspire people into assuming a proactive and participatory role in its creation and build, lead and support an informed movement for positive change. The Editor-in-Chief is Toronto-based George Dvorsky who will be a frequent contributor to our meetups. Discussions will revolve around transhumanism-related topics like nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, life extension, and the emerging global superorganism. you do not have to be a self-proclaimed transhumanist to join our meetups. We will view a video or read an article based on http://www.betterhumans.com and engage in a topical discussion. In regular attendance will be George Dvorsky, President of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and Editor-in-Chief of www.betterhumans.com

Meetups will take place at the Centre for Inquiry Ontario (http://www.cfiontario.org), the first venue in Canada dedicated to promoting reason, science and free inquiry in all areas of human endeavour.

The purpose of these meetup is:

1. To spark discussion on transhumanism-related topics for anyone interested in topics like nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, life extension, and the emerging global superorganism.

2. To serve as a social milieu for those calling themselves transhumanists

3. To drum up leadership for renewing the Toronto Transhumanist Association

All those interested in transhumanism, not just self proclaimed transhumanists are invited to our events.

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/