Dag2 : Helden en waarheid

Zaterdag 8 oktober 2022
Het tijdperk van de Ik-tiran, het einde van een gemeenschappelijke wereld
(English speaking) 16:00 – 16:45 h
Eric Sadin (In-person appearance)
16:45 – 17:00 h
Eric Sadin
Talk: The world according to Noam Chomsky
(English speaking) 17:00 – 17:25 h
Noam Chomsky (Livestream)
Talk: A life on the edge of absolute truth
(English speaking) 17:30 – 18:15 h
Richard Baker Roshi & Nicole Baden (In-person appearance)
18:15 – 18:30 h
Richard Baker Roshi & Nicole Baden (In-person appearance)
Feico Deutekom speelt Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Hania Rani
18:40 – 19:10 h
Feico Deutekom
Talk: Spa's voor minddesign
(English speaking) 19:10 – 19:40 h
Susan Schneider (Livestream) Founder of the center for the future mind & NASA AI specialist
19:40 – 20:00 h
Susan Schneider (Livestream)
20:00 – 20:30 h

20:30 – 22:30 h
Slavoj Žižek (In-person appearance)
21:40 – 23:00 h
Slavoj Žižek
Meeting at the winebar
23:00 – 23:30 h

Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek hardly needs an introduction.

He is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of our time, although he would certainly not say so himself. There are many different ways to describe him, and he is being called both a ‘Marxist’ and a ‘rockstar philosopher’ – often in the same sentence.

What makes Žižek so interesting is that he knows how to trace the values ​​of the present time such as 'woke' and 'populism' back to their roots to show the values ​​they conceal. Reality is not very real for Žižek, it is just a construction consisting of symbols, which can only be regarded as relatively real.

When Žižek talks about the many political crisis of our time he does not just repeat what others have already pointed out but instead he gives an original interpretation of the world that becomes visible when you look past the clichés.

These thoughts and insights put him in the forefront of many of our time’s debates – whether it is about identity, sex, popular culture, power or war. His most recent book is “Hegel in A Wired Brain” and to understand Žižeks vision is to understand a piece of a possible future – whether or not that future is one we would want to be a part of.

The video below is a recent conversation between Žižek and Harari on the topic of the increasingly unclear difference between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is hard to sum up. Not only has he been professor in linguistics for almost 70 years, but he has also been active within numerous other fields such as philosophy, cognitive science, history, social criticism and political activism for almost as long.

Noam Chomsky is sometimes credited as the “the father of modern linguistics” because of the way his early work revolutionised the field by treating language as a uniquely human capacity and he is considered one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is one of the most cited scholars alive and has published more than 100 books across various disciplines.

Weaving between the world of academia and popular culture, Chomsky has also gained a reputation for his often radical political views, which he himself describes a ‘libertarian socialist’. He is a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, neoliberalism, contemporary state capitalism and mainstream news media and Chomsky’s ideas are highly influential in the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements.

Eric Sadin

Filosoof Éric Sadin: ‘Met de komst van social media werd de ik-tiran geboren’

Op sociale media kan iedereen een wereld creëren waarin zijn eigen woorden centraal staan en anderen niet meer meetellen, zegt de Franse filosoof Éric Sadin. Hij vindt het hoog tijd om de samenleving hiervan te genezen, door mensen op alternatieve wijzen te laten leven.
Klik hier om het hele interview te bekijken

Susan Schneider

Dr. Susan Schneider is an American academic and public philosopher who works with a broad range of topics related to the nature of the self and mind. Her expertise is in no way limited to philosophy but also includes AI, cognitive science and astrobiology and her most recent topics of interest include the mind-body problem, super intelligent AI, the nature of life, the mathematics of physics and the nature of the person.

Dr. Schneider recently completed a three-year project with NASA on the future of intelligence and she is also the founding director of Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University. She now works with Congress on AI policy.

In her recent book, ”Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind”, she discusses the philosophical implications of AI and the enterprise of ‘mind design’. At this monumental turning point in human history where AI is taking intelligence in new directions, Dr. Schneider points out that it is still up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. Watch the video below to hear her go more into depths on this topic.

Susan Schneider is currently working on a book on the shape of intelligent systems that will be published in 2023.

Feico Deutekom

Feico Deutekom is a Dutch pianist, singer and arranger. He is specialized in the work of contempory composers such as Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Lang. Early on in his life introduced to music his father, a jazz musician, Feico studied the works of classical composers before turning more towards minimal music and neo-classical music.

Co-founder of the Attacca Ensemble, Feico has toured together with harpist Lavinia Meijer all major stages in The Netherlands.