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Philosophy Dialogue Series examines technology, science fiction

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
February 17, 2010

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will present philosophy, technology and science fiction as its discussion topic for the week of Feb. 22 to 26 in Psychology 132.
The week's presentations and discussions will focus on a range of issues:

Monday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.
Technology as Self-Making
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m.
Brave New World Redux: Tales of Dystopia
Allen Kadilis, Julia Ruth and Aaron Taylor (Dialogue Students)

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Philosophical Themes in Science Fiction
Paul Wilson (Philosophy)

Thursday, Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Biotechnology and Sci-Fi
Could Someone Own Your Genes?
Brandon Christensen and Erik Johnson (Dialogue Students)

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
Philosophical Themes in Science Fiction: The Sequel!
Paul Wilson (Philosophy)

Friday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
Sustainability Group: Human Systems as a Paradigm for Examining Sustainability
Albert Steven Dietz (Occupational Education)
Energy, Climate and Oceans – Impacts on the Global Economy
Dianne Rahm (Political Science)

Friday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.
Deus Ex Machina: The Singularity’s Machine God
Jason Sharp (Philosophy Alumnus)

Sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include: the American Democracy Project, the College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, the Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, the University Honors Program, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

For more information about this topic, please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or email A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at