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February 18th, 2010
Philosophers to discuss technology in dialogues

021710craighanksbTexas State Professor Craig Hanks will give the first talk in next week’s Philosophy Dialogue Series meetings at Texas State. File photo.


The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State will present philosophy, technology and science fiction as its discussion topic next week Psychology 132.

Texas State Professor Craig Hanks, from the philosophy department, will speak at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 on “Technology as Self-Making.” On Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m., Dialogue students Allen Kadilis, Julia Ruth and Aaron Taylor will speak about “Brave New World Redux: Tales of Dystopia.” At 2 p.m. that day, Professor Paul Wilson of the philosophy department will address “Philosophical Themes in Science Fiction.”

On Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m., Dialogue students Brandon Christensen and Erik Johnson will discuss “Biotechnology and Sci-Fi: Could Someone Own Your Genes?” At 2 p.m. that day, Wilson will take up “Philosophical Themes in Science Fiction: The Sequel!”

On Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., Albert Steven Dietz will speak about “Sustainability Group: Human Systems as a Paradigm for Examining Sustainability,” while Dianne Rahm of the political science department will discuss “Energy, Climate and Oceans – Impacts on the Global Economy.” At 12:30 p.m. that day, Texas State philosophy alumnus Jason Sharp will speak about “Deus Ex Machina: The Singularity’s Machine God.”

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, 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

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