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Perspectives on The Future

Mon, October 19, 2009

The Plan II Perspectives course is offered as a one night a week elective course that runs eight weeks each spring semester.  This coming spring's topic is The Future.

We think about the future all the time--from the moment we wake up and consider the day before us to the moment we to go sleep and wonder what tomorrow will bring. 

"Prediction is very difficult," wrote the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, "especially of the future."  Despite Bohr's cautionary note, some of us spend a good deal of time trying to predict the future, even trying to control it, but no one knows for certain what it will bring.  Still we wonder.  What will the world look like in a few hundred years?  Can we learn anything about the future from the past?  Why are some projections right and others laughably wrong?  Is the future worth our time in the here and now?  What is the future of space travel?  These and other questions, we hope will spark lively presentations and even livelier discussion.

The Perspectives course, led by the director of Plan II, brings together a panel of faculty members from various disciplines to discuss their views on a given topic.  Students are required to attend all eight class meetings and submit a short esponse paper in order to receive full credit.

This year's panelists include:  Michael Stoff, Plan II/History; Betty Sue Flowers, English; Michael Starbird, Mathematics; Larry Speck, Architecture; David Sosa, Philosophy; Wallace Fowler, Aerospace Engineering.

Instructor:  Professor Michael Stoff

Time:  Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm

January 27 through March 10, 2010 (7 sessions)

Place:  Calhoun (CAL) 200

Unique:  53565



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