The Machine has no Tradition: A Seminar on Technology, Revolution, and Apocalypse
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About the Event
The distinctive feature of life today is that our lives appear to be technologically liberated from nature. We live in human-made physical, social and virtual environments. The human condition is unbundled, disrupted, and made optional, even as supposed human distinctives like speech, creation, and rationality are automated, simulated, and replicated. The spectre of technology raises afresh the question: what is a human being, and what does it take to stay one?
In this immersive weeklong seminar of undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals, we will grapple with the essence of technology and life in a technological society. We will explore how technology is reshaping our souls and our society and what a humanistic approach to technology might look like. We will engage with the best that has been said and thought about technology, while also hearing from both Silicon Valley technology creators and practitioners of endangered human traditions. Our guides will be Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Marshall McLuhan, Ivan Illich, René Girard, and more.
The seminar will balance a focus on the increasing technological mediation of human consciousness on the one hand, and the shifting material foundations of social life on the other. We shall dive into the transformation of economy, psychology, politics, gender, religion and culture: in short, the transformation of humanity. Discussions will be led by Jon Askonas (The Catholic University of America), Anton Barba-Kay (The Catholic University of America), and Anna Feuer (Deep Springs College). We will also hear from a number of guest speakers critically involved in thinking about and reshaping technologies at the highest levels.
Applications will open January 31st 2022.