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“Future of Humanity: Seminar 3”

Convened August 12–14, 2001 | Mayflower Park Hotel, Seattle, Washington

Summary

Twenty-five participants gathered for Seminar 3. Divided into five small groups, these scholars addressed the issues: (1) What will we know/apply? (2) Challenges for governance (3) The future of cultural/religious/economic systems (4) Is sustainability an issue? and (5) Wild cards to keep in mind. Two fishbowl discussions were convened: one on “Man and superman” and the other, “Conscious evolution – fantasy or fact?”

The seminar concluded with a formal debate on the resolution: “The geologic record indicates that few species survive more than several million years: Homo sapiens’ time is up!” The resolution was defeated by a comfortable majority.

Proceedings (9.6 MB PDF) of this seminar, including transcripts of all dialogic sessions, available for download. Featured is an interview of Richard Dawkins and Norman Levitt conducted by Sesh Velamoor, Deputy Director, Programs, Foundation For the Future.

Keynote Presentations

“The True State of the Planet”
Ronald Bailey
Reason Magazine
Los Angeles, CA USA

“The Future of Human Evolution”
Dr. William H. Calvin
University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

“Global Governance and Conflict Resolution”
Dr. Johan Galtung
TRANSCEND, A Peace and Development Network
Versonnex, France

“Modeling History and Predicting the Future: The Active Walk Approach”
Dr. Lui Lam
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA USA

“The State of Science and Pseudoscience”
Dr. Michael Shermer
Skeptic Magazine
Altadena, CA USA

Participants

Ronald Bailey
Science Correspondent
Reason Magazine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Bela H. Banathy
President
International Systems Institute
San Francisco, CA USA

Connie Barlow
Author
Pomona, NY USA
 

Fakhri A. Bazzaz
Professor of Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Masse Bloomfield
Author
Canoga Park, CA USA
 

Thomas J. Bouchard Jr.
Professor of Psychology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN USA

William H. Calvin
Author and Neurobiologist
University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

Joseph Coates
President
Consulting Futurist, Inc.
Washington, DC USA

Richard Dawkins
Professor of Public Understanding of Science
Oxford University
Oxford, England

Faye Duchin
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY USA

Johan Galtung
Director
TRANSCEND, A Peace and Development Network
Versonnex, France

Elemér Hankiss
Director, Institute of Sociology
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

Arthur R. Jensen
Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA USA

Lui Lam
Professor of Physics
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA USA

Norman Levitt
Professor of Mathematics
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ USA

Elizabeth Loftus
Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Law
University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

Mark Lupisella
Systems Engineer
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD USA

Michael Marien
Founder and Editor
Future Survey
Lafayette, NY USA

Graham T.T. Molitor
President
Public Policy Forecasting, Inc.
Fayetteville, PA USA

John L. Petersen
Founder and President
The Arlington Institute
Arlington, VA USA

Michael Shermer
Founding Publisher
Skeptic Magazine
Altadena, CA USA

Sandra Scarr
Professor Emerita of Psychology
University of Virginia
Holualoa, HI USA

John Skoyles
Science Writer
London School of Economics
London, England

Branden Thornhill-Miller
College Lecturer in Psychology
Oxford University
Oxford, UK

Edward O. Wilson
University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA