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Crom Visiting Philosopher Keynote: Andy Clark

Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Pearsons Hall: Moore Lounge,
Pearsons Hall,
700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: Robin Zebrowski,

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The 2018 Crom Residency

Natural-Born Cyborgs? Reflections on Bodies, Minds, and Human Enhancement

Andy Clark, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

We are entering an age of widespread human enhancement. The technologies range from wearable, implantable, and pervasive computing, to new forms of onboard sensing, thought-controlled equipment, prosthetic legs able to win track races, humble but transformative waves of smartphones, and the newer horizons of augmented, virtual, and mixed realities. But what really matters is the way we are, as a result of this tidal swell of self- re-engineering opportunity, just starting to know ourselves: not as firmly bounded biological organisms but as delightfully reconfigurable nodes in a communal flux of information, communication, and action. This gives us a new opportunity to look at ourselves, and to ask the fundamental question: Where does the human mind stop, and the rest of the world begin?

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