Your Mind Online: How Is Your Use of Technology Affecting Your Life? A Socratic Conversation, Thursday, 9/22, 4-5pmInspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry.
Participants in last year's Socratic Conversation on this issue reported that it helped them better understand and use emerging personal technologies. And since then, the pace of change has increased sharply, as reflected in the books listed below.
So please join us to update and refresh our ways of enhancing our lives while avoiding the perils. Share your experiences, thoughts, and suggestions.
These issues are raised by recent books which will be discussed at this session, including:
Please: During this session, no Instant Messaging, Twittering, or using Facebook!!
Socrates worried about the new technology of his time (written scrolls) because he feared that it would "erode thought by permitting people to forget what they had learned because they'd be able to look things up, and wouldn't feel the need to remember it from the inside, completely on their own."
You spend 6-12 hours a day talking with other people. So making that process more enjoyable and rewarding is one of the most effective ways to enhance your pleasure in life.
Let's discover how to do that, by pooling our experiences, knowledge, and skills!
These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries (see TC Today, Winter 2010, p. 65).
Where: Second Floor Salon
Next Session: Thursday, 10/6, Topic: Sacred Trust: A Bill of Rights for Children, continuing the book talk with Peter Cookson on Tuesday, 9/13