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“Future of Humanity: Symposium 1”

Convened August 12–16, 2000 | Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle, Washington

Summary

Nearly 70 scholars from some 40 intellectual and professional disciplines and 20 countries gathered in Seattle August 12–16, 2000, as guests of the Foundation For the Future and participants in the Foundation's first Humanity 3000 bi-decade symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss the survivability of humanity over the next thousand years. Virtually all physical, biological, and social sciences were represented in the dialogues.

The multidisciplinary discussions focused on numerous factors likely to have a significant impact on the future of humanity. Participants assessed the past and future trajectories of such topics as scientific and technological developments, humanity’s place in the universe, evolution, governance, and human genetics. Three issues judged to be of critical importance were the sustainability of the planet, science and technology (including genetic engineering and artificial intelligence), and global ethics. A formal debate on the resolution “Humanity will be able to successfully manage the critical factors necessary for survival” was won by the proponent position by only a slim margin.

A highlight of the symposium was the awarding of the first Kistler Prize to Harvard University’s Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor and eminent biological theorist.

Proceedings of this symposium, including transcripts of all dialogic sessions, available for download. Featured are two interviews – one with Michio Kaku and Ervin Laszlo and the other with E.O. Wilson – conducted by Sesh Velamoor, Deputy Director, Programs, Foundation For the Future.

Volume 1 (11.7 MB PDF) | Volume 2 (15.9 MB PDF)

Keynote Presentations

“Visions”
Dr. Michio Kaku

City University of New York
New York, NY USA

“Prospects of Human Evolution in the Third Millennium”
Dr. Ervin Laszlo

Club of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

“The Future of Governance”
Sir Crispin Tickell

University of Kent at Canterbury
Canterbury, UK

Participants

Olugbenga Adesida
Principal and Founder
The Knowledge Network
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Africa

Walter Truett Anderson
Fellow and Vice President
Meridian International Institute
San Francisco, CA USA

Ed Ayres
Editor and Editorial Director
Worldwatch Institute
Washington, DC USA

Wendell Bell
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Senior Research Scientist
Yale University
New Haven, CT USA

Clement Bezold
President
Institute for Alternative Futures
Alexandria, VA USA

Jérôme Bindé
Deputy Assistant Director-General Director, Social and Human Services
UNESCO
Paris, France

Susan Blackmore
Senior Lecturer, Psychology
University of the West of England
Bristol, England UK

George Bugliarello
President Emeritus
Polytechnic University
New York, NY USA

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

Eric J. Chaisson
Direcctor, Wright Center for Science Education
Tufts University
Medford, MA USA

Kuo-Hua Chen
Director and Associate Professor, Center for Future Studies
Tamkang University
Taipei, Taiwan

Joseph Coates
Founder, Consulting Futurist
Coates and Jarratt, Inc.
Washington, DC USA

George Cowan
Distinguished Fellow
Santa Fe Institute
Sante Fe, NM USA

E. Julius Dasch
Manager, National Space Grant Program
NASA Education Division
Washington, DC USA

Christian de Duve
Founder-Administrator, Director
Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology
Brussels, Belgium

John Delaney
Professor, Oceanography
University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

Dee Dickinson
Founder, CEO
New Horizons for Learning
Seattle, WA USA

Howard F. Didsbury, Jr.
Executive Director
Alternative Futures Research Associates, Inc.
Washington, DC USA

Duane Elgin
Co-Founder, Director
Choosing Our Future
San Anselmo, CA USA

Andre Gunder Frank
Professor Emeritus, Economic Historian, Sociologist
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Ashok Gangadean
Global Dialogue Institute
Haverford College
Haverford, PA USA

Jerome C. Glenn
Executive Director
AC/UNU/Millennium Project
Washington, DC USA

Susantha Goonatilake
Instructor, Researcher
Vidyartha Centre for Science and Technology
Colombo, Sri Lanka

William Halal
Proffesor of Management
George Washington University
Washington, DC USA

Dean Hamer
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD USA

Michael H. Hart
Author
Crofton, MD USA
 

Francis Heylighen
Research Professor
Free University of Brussels
Brussels, Belgium

Barbara Marx Hubbard
Founder
Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Paul Hudson
Professor
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, GA USA

Sohail Inayatullah
Professor of Future Studies
International Management Centres
Queensland, Australia

Panos Ioannou
Gene Therapy Researcher
The Murdoch Institute
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Seymour W. Itzkoff
Professor Emeritus of Education and Child Study
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Arthur R. Jensen
Educational Psychologist
University of California
Berkeley, CA USA

Anthony Judge
Director, Communications and Research
Union of International Associations
Brussels, Belgium

Michio Kaku
Theoretical Physicist
City University of New York
New York, NY USA

William W. Kellogg
Senior Research Associate
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, CO USA

Yersu Kim
Professor of Philosophy
The Academy of Korean Studies
Republic of Korea

Dietrich Koelle
Executive Director
TransCost Systems
Munich, Germany

Ervin Laszlo
Founder, President
Club of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

Meng-Kin Lim
Associate Professor
National University of Singapore
Singapore

Jyh-Horng Lin
Chair, College of Business
Tamkang University
Taipei, Taiwan

Rosaleen Love
Faculty of Arts
Monash University
Victoria, Australia

Magoroh Maruyama
Psychology and National Development
Aomori Graduate Business School
Japan

Polly Matzinger
Senior Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD USA

Frank Miele
Author
Skeptic
Magazine
Altadena, CA USA

Didi Ananda Mitra
Parque Ecologico
Porangaba, SP Brazil
 

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

Robert Muller
Chancellor
University for Peace
Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica

Siro Polo Padolecchia
President
European Institute for Futures Studies
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Elisabet Sahtouris
Evolution Biologist
Burlingame, CA USA
 

Ziauddin Sardar
Visiting Professor
City University of London
London, England UK

Andrew Bard Schmookler
Author
Broadway, VA USA
 

Robert Shapiro
Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist
New York University
New York, NY USA

S. Fred Singer
Founder and President
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Arlington, VA USA

Albert Somit
Professor Emeritus
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL USA

Fred Spier
Senior Lecturer, World and Human History
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Gregory Stock
Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA USA

Brian Swimme
Mathematical Cosmologist
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA USA

Sir Crispin Tickell
Chancellor
University of Kent at Canterbury
Canterbury, UK

Allen Tough
Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto
North York, Toronto, Canada

Jeffrey R. Weeks
Freelance Geometer
Milano, Italy
 

Ludmilla Dolmatova Werbos
IntControl Research
Arlington, VA USA

 

Paul J. Werbos
Program Director
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA USA

Glayde Whitney
Professor of Psychology
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL USA

Howard J. Wiarda
Professor of Political Science and Fulbright Scholar
University of Massachusetts
Lowell, MA USA

Edward O. Wilson
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Milford Wolpoff
Professor of Anthropology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA