EVENTS

Can Reason Save Us? – LIVE With Guest Steven Pinker

To an optimist, things are constantly getting better: disease and extreme poverty are down; life expectancy, literacy, and equality are up; and it’s all thanks to the glory of human reason. But a pessimist would point to the continuing presence of injustice, oppression, and war, and the dangers of global warming and nuclear annihilation. So who's right? Are we really living in an age of progress? And can reason really save us? Join the live audience at Kepler's Books to record a new episode of Philosophy Talk with renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker!

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Monstrous Technologies?— Live with Guest Persis Drell

Experience a live taping of Philosophy Talk radio, and see how much fun thinking can be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein raises powerful questions about the responsibilities of scientists to consider the impact of their inventions on the world. Are these questions as relevant now as they were 200 years ago? What insights, if any, should today’s technologists and disrupters glean from Shelley's story? What does it mean to take responsibility for one’s scientific or technological innovations? And what role should university educators play in ensuring that no new monsters are unleashed onto the world?  Join our live audience at Stanford as we record Philosophy Talk, the nationally syndicated public radio show.

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The Philosophy of Retirement: LIVE with Guest John Perry

Join our live audience to celebrate the wit and wisdom of John Perry! Many of us look forward to retirement, that time in life when we stop working for a living. But what exactly is retirement and why do we retire? Does retirement always mean an end to work, or can it sometimes just mean a shift to a different kind of work? Should we retire for purely selfish reasons, such as to give ourselves more leisure time? Or should we retire for the public good, to give younger people greater opportunities for employment?

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Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads: LIVE with Guest Joshua Greene

Join our live audience! Autonomous vehicles are quickly emerging as the next innovation that will change society in radical ways. Champions of this new technology say that driverless cars, which are programmed to obey the law and avoid collisions, will be safer than human controlled vehicles. But how do we program these vehicles to act ethically? Should we trust computer programmers to determine the most ethical response to all possible scenarios the vehicle might encounter? And who should be held responsible for the bad − potentially lethal − decisions these cars make?

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Nonhuman Rights: LIVE with guest Steven Wise

Join us for a live taping of our Nonhuman Rights show Human rights—like freedom from discrimination and slavery—are fundamental rights and freedoms that every person enjoys simply because they're human. But what about other animals, like monkeys, elephants, and dolphins? Should they enjoy similar fundamental rights? If we can extend the legal notion of personhood to inanimate, abstract objects like corporations, then shouldn’t we also extend it to other sentient creatures?

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Live in San Francisco June 5

Join us at StageWerx Theatre in San Francisco's Mission District for a brand-new pair of live recordings: The Mystery of Music with Adrian Daub and The Struggles of Democracy with Aishwary Kumar!

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley January 31

Philosophy Talk returns to the Marsh Theatre in Berkeley for a brand-new pair of live recordings: The Science of Happiness with Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Extreme Altruism with Larissa MacFarquhar!

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Live at Reed College in Portland October 5

Join us at the Eliot Hall Chapel on the campus of Reed College for a live taping of Your Lying Eyes: Perception, Memory, and Justice!

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In Praise of Love: Plato's "Symposium" Meets Bernstein's "Serenade"

In conjunction with renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' performance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Philosophy Talk will record a special program entitled "In Praise of Love: Plato's Symposium Meets Bernstein's Serenade"

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The Ethics of Whistleblowing with Edward Snowden

In association with Stanford University's Symbolic Systems program, John and Ken will discuss "The Ethics of Whistleblowing in the Age of Information" with former NSA contactor Edward Snowden (live via videoconference)!

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Tour of Oregon April 15-17

We are thrilled once again to be bringing Philosophy Talk to our friends in Oregon for three shows over three days: Science and Politics: Friends or Foes with Sharyn Clough, When Democracies Torture with Darius Rejali, and Neuroscience and Free Will with Daniel Dennett!

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Live at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR

Philosophy Talk returns to Pacific University in Forest Grove for a live recording of Neuroscience and Free Will at the 19th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference!

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Live on OPB Radio in Portland

On Thursday April 16 at 9:00 pm, John and Ken will be at the Portland studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special live broadcast of the program!

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Live at OSU in Corvallis, OR

Philosophy Talk returns to the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis for a live recording of Science and Politics: Friends or Foes? at Withycombe Hall on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm.

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley June 7

Join us LIVE at The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday June 7 for the final two recordings in our 2014-15 season: The Ethics of Drone Warfare with Bradley Strawser and Regret with Jay Wallace!

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley March 15

Philosophy Talk returns to The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday March 15 for the next two live recordings in our 2014-15 season: The Art of Non-Violence with Judith Butler and How Words Work: From Noise to Meaning with John Searle!

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Two FREE shows at Stanford

Philosophy Talk returns to the Stanford campus on Friday February 6 for a pair of live recordings at Annenberg Auditorium: Democracy in Crisis with Francis Fukuyama and Morality in a Godless World with John Figdor!

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Live at the Marsh San Francisco December 14

Philosophy Talk returns to The Marsh Theater in San Francisco on Sunday December 14 for the first two live recordings in our 2014-15 season: Anarchy: Dream or Nightmare? with James Martel and Cyber-Activism with Lucy Bernholz.

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley June 22

Philosophy Talk is back at The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday June 22 for the final two live recordings in our 2013-14 season: Second-Guessing Ourselves with Sherri Roush and Is Intuition a Guide to Truth? with Alvin Goldman.

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We're coming to Oregon April 2-5!

Mark your calendars: on Saturday April 5 at 7:30 pm, Philosophy Talk will be recording a brand-new program live at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland: Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century with guest David Shields.

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley April 13

Philosophy Talk is back at The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday April 13 for the next two live recordings in our 2013-14 season: Anatomy of a Terrorist with Martha Crenshaw, and Art and Obscenity with Richard Meyer!

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Live on the air at OPB in Portland

On Thursday April 3 at 9:00 pm John and Ken will be at the Portland studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special live broadcast of Conspiracy Theories with Brian Keeley.

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley February 16

Philosophy Talk returns to The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday February 16 for the next two live recordings in our 2013-14 season: Science and Gender with Londa Schiebinger and Risky Business: The Business of Risk with Lara Buchak.

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Live in Downtown Portland

Join us for a brand-new live recording of Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm.

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Live at OSU in Corvallis

Philosophy Talk returns to the Lasells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis for a brand-new live recording on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. Join us for The New Surveillance Society: Big Brother Grows Up
with Christopher McKnight Nichols.

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