Human Extension - An Alternative to Evolutionism, Creationism and Intelligent Design

Presentation by Gregory Sandstrom, European Humanities University, Lithuania.

The presentation "Human Extension: An Alternative to Evolutionism, Creationism and Intelligent Design" will explore three ideologies currently active in both academics and everyday life.

The presenter will outline the controversy surrounding these ideas, particularly in the USA, but also marginally elsewhere.

Gregory Sandstrom's access to the Discovery Institute, home of the Intelligent Design movement, through their Summer Program for students offers a unique view of the inner workings of "Intelligent Design" proponents and their views of evolution and creation.

The presentation will also turn its attention to focus on forward-looking themes involving the social sciences and humanities, asking how we can 'extend' knowledge, cognition and human relationships in the electronic-information era.

It will also highlight contemporary transformations in higher education and look at the challenge of intensive thinking, using the works of both Danish agriculturalist Ester Boserup and German-American venture capitalist Peter Thiel, as well as the examples of university extension by Cambridge and Oxford universities in the 1860s & 70s. Several questions regarding higher education, research and development trends and directions today will be posed for open discussion.

Humanomics Open Research Seminars - New trends in the humanities

Having established the new forum "Research Seminar", the Humanomics Research Centre continues to present new guest lectures and invited international scholars throughout the winter semester 2014.

The intention of this seminar series is to gather colleagues, PhD students, and advanced students for discussions of new trends and theories in the humanities - ranging from current research projects to theoretical debates about the past, present and future of humanities scholarship.

The objective is to organise one or two monthly meetings, Thursdays 16-18, with presentations of new research by Copenhagen University staff and invited international scholars.

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