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“Future of Humanity: Seminar 5”

Convened August 12–14, 2004 | Foundation For the Future Building, Bellevue, Washington

Summary

The 11 participants who gathered for Humanity 3000 Seminar 5 brought together expertise in anthropology, psychiatry, philosophy, nanotechnology, social complexity, cognitive ethics, physics, genetics, science history, and ecological/economical sustainability. The three most critical issues for the next thousand years, as determined by these scholars, were described as: (1) Human identity and threats: Positive cooperation in an identity beyond nationhood in the context of a major, perceived, shared global threat, (2) Finding ways to bounce back when disasters happen, and
(3) Designing an organizational solution that can mitigate or eliminate the possibility of collapse of collective welfare. These critical issues were discussed at length in fishbowl dialogues.

A formal debate was engaged on the resolution: “It is resolved that terrorism manifests a clash of civilizations and is a war without end.” The final vote narrowly defeated the debate resolution.

Proceedings (11.9 MB PDF) of this seminar, including transcripts of all dialogic sessions, available for download. Featured will be an interview of Vincent M. Sarich, winner of the 2004 Kistler Prize, conducted by Sesh Velamoor, Deputy Director, Programs, Foundation For the Future.

Keynote Presentations

“Human Past, Human Future”
Dr. Ian Tattersall
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY USA

“The Scientific Worldview – an Oxymoron?”
Dr. Mott Greene
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA USA

Participants

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

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla
Professor/Director, Center for the Study of Social Complexity
George Mason University
Fairfax, VI USA

Mott Greene
Professor/Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA USA

John Leslie
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada

Ramez Naam
CEO
Apex NanoTechnologies
Seattle, WA USA

Tom Prugh
Editor
Worldwatch Institute
Washington, DC USA

Vincent Sarich
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
University of California
Berkeley, CA USA

Wrye Sententia
Director
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
Davis, CA USA

Victor Stenger
Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Hawaii
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado
Lafayette, CO USA

Ian Tattersall
Curator, Div. of Anthropology
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY USA

Spencer Wells
Geneticist, Writer, Filmmaker
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC USA