Please join me this Wednesday (February 10th) at 7pm for the first film screening and discussion! Wall-E will be shown at the Griffith Theater in the Bryan Center. It’s also part of the Kenan Institute for Ethics’s Film Fe(a)st series and will be followed by a discussion with Dirk Philipsen and me. You can read more about the film and discussion topic on the films page.
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If you’ve ever been to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, you might remember their “Hall of Human Origins.” I haven’t been there (please let me know what you thought of it if you have!) but fortunately they have a good website to accompany it. As you can probably guess, they look broadly at the evolution and definition of Homo sapiens. The website offers a nice, broad background of the scientific side of defining the human, although it focuses more on biological contrasts than objects, as Ambiguously Human does.
I’m posting about it, though, because I would definitely recommend participating in, or at least browsing through, their public poll on the question “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” The responses, from a huge range of people, raise many of the issues this project is looking at (as well as some that are outside its scope but still fun to think about). Here are a few that cover some of that spectrum:
Just a quick update to say I will host a free, public tour of the installation, Humanized Objects, and some connections to it in the main Nasher pavilions on Thursday, March 3 at 6pm. Admission to the Nasher is free to everyone on Thursday evenings.
If you have a small group and would like to schedule a tour of the installation, please email me!
Hi everyone! This is the blog portion of Ambiguously Human, where I’ll be offering reflections on the events and new tie-ins to the ideas I’m exploring. Stay tuned for biology, philosophy, writing, videos, and more on what makes someone a “human” as opposed to a “thing.”
Please send me any suggestions, thoughts, or feedback!