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Ideas Exchange: Who Am I? – Our Identity in Times of Change

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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 13 Mar 19:00 - 22:00

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I experience the world, I feel happiness or joy, love or hate, pleasure or suffering. But who is this “I” that does and feels all these things?

As humans we have always asked ourselves about our identity, however, in the past there was an abundance of religions and ideologies that wanted to “explain” everything to us: you are a man/woman, Christian/Jew/Muslim, Mexican/American, son/daughter of…, mother/father of…, farmer, worker, director.

We still apply labels to understand who we are, but biotechnology, information technology and our growing understanding of the universe are challenging the traditional categories that combine to create our identity. Also our professions, in the past assigned for life, are losing their permanent nature.

We’ll get together and with coffee or other beverage in hand talk to other human beings that are as passionate as ourselves about finding answers.

Some subjects we’ll touch on:

• Are you an individual? Or is it possible to divide you into more basic elements?
• What does having parents or children mean when genes can be easily edited?
• An exact copy of you – would that be you or someone else?
• If you didn’t work/study/form a family, how would you define your place in society?
• Who deserves to have human rights in a post-human world?
• Robots – individuals or our slaves?
• The implications of a post-identity society

Upon finishing the get-together, we will have gained new perspectives on the subject and deepened our understanding of what it means to be me, the importance of the stories we tell ourselves and how to live in a world devoid of certainty.

We will meet at 7 PM, on the second floor of the cafe (we’ll have a private space). Ask for Jan at the entrance.

Everyone is welcome, together with their plus ones, ideas and perspectives.

Schedule:

• 7:00 – 7:20: Welcome and initial chat
• 7:20 – 9:50: Discussion in groups
• 9:50 – 10:00: Selfie time, close

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