Upcoming Philosophers’ Café discussions

I’ll be facilitating two more Philosophers’ Café discussions this Fall. Both are at the Waves Coffee Shop at the corner of Howe and Smithe in downtown Vancouver at 7pm.

November 3 5: The Experience of Acceleration

The pace of life, it is often said, keeps getting faster. But what exactly are we exactly are we measuring? Is it the number of important things we think about or do in a given day? Is it our perception of time? Is it both? And while some things may have gotten faster, are there other things that have slowed down?

Possible points of departure
(Do you have any others in mind? Leave a comment and I’ll add your suggestions to this list.)

  • Kurzweil, R. (2000). The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. Penguin (Non-Classics).
    Availability: SFU Library | Vancouver Public Library
  • Davies, P. C. W. (1994). The last three minutes: conjectures about the ultimate fate of the universe. Science masters series. New York, NY: Basic Books.
    Availability: Vancouver Public Library
  • Havelock, R. G. (2011). Acceleration: the forces driving human progress. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books.
    Availability: SFU Library
  • Gleick, J. (2011). Faster the acceleration of just about everything. New York: Books on Tape.
    Availability: Vancouver Public Library
  • (Thanks to Brent Dennis for this link) Robert Genn’s reflections on slowing down

December 5 3: Forgiving and Undoing

What exactly happens when we forgive or are forgiven? Are debts erased? Is harm undone? What are the relationships between forgiving and undoing?

Possible points of departure
(Do you have any others in mind? Leave a comment and I’ll add your suggestions to this list.)

  • Lown, M. (2009). Forgiveness. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 4(2), 29. doi:10.1016/j.teln.2009.02.001
    Availability: SFU Library
  • Lea, V., & Sims, E. J. (2008). Imaging Whiteness Hegemony in the Classroom: Undoing Oppressive Practice and Inspiring Social Justice Activism. Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom: Critical Educultural Teaching Approaches for Social Justice Activism (pp. 185–202). Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

    Availability: SFU Library



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