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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life

Two world trends are powerfully reshaping human existence: (a) the degradation if not destruction of large parts of the natural world, and; (b) unprecedented technological development, both in terms of its computational sophistication and pervasiveness. In response, some people say: “Don’t worry, adaptation is how we evolved, and adaptation is good for us; we’ll be fine.” But adaptation is not always good for a species. We could all adapt to living in San Quentin Prison, but that doesn’t mean we would do well. With this conceptualization in hand, Dr. Kahn brings forward complementary lines of research, including the importance of children interacting with nature to be physically and psychologically healthy and “Technological Nature” – technologies that by simulating or augmenting nature can substitute psychologically for interactions with actual nature.

Dr. Peter Kahn

Professor of Psychology and Environmental and Forest Science, University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Hailing from Northern California where he gained expertise in the horseshoeing trade and started his academic formation at a local community college, Dr. Peter Kahn earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and has been on the faculty at the University of Washington since 2000, where he holds a professorship in the Department of Psychology and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. He has written five books, including “Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life,” published by MIT Press in 2011. Dr. Kahn is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology.

The Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium offers FVCC students and members of the community six opportunities in February and March to hear experts address various topics that support this year’s theme, “Technology and Mankind.” The college brings these free lectures to the community to provide credible and substantive information on important topics of public interest.

The Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium offers FVCC students and members of the community six opportunities in February and March to hear experts address various topics that support this year’s theme, “Technology and Mankind.” The college brings these free lectures to the community to provide credible and substantive information on important topics of public interest.

The 2018 Honors Symposium is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni & Friends and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund. We welcome donations to this fund. Your contribution will ensure the future for innovative honors lectures, programs and activities at FVCC.

Details

Date:
February 13
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell,MT59901United States
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Phone:
(406) 756-3632
Website:
www.fvcc.edu

Organizer

Honors Symposium
Phone:
(406) 756-3889
Email:
greeb@fvcc.edu