Thursday, 30 January, 2014
In this presentation, Dr. Craig Dilworth will describe his perspective on the development of humankind, not as a progression beyond other life forms through developing technology but as circular. Through this vicious circle principle, humankind has experienced "an accelerating movement from situations of scarcity, to technological innovation, to increased resource availability, to increased consumption, to population growth, to resource depletion, to scarcity once again, and so on" (TOO SMART FOR OUR OWN GOOD, p. 110).
Dr. Dilworth, a native of Canada, received his Ph.D. at Uppsala University (Sweden), where he presently is Reader in Theoretical Philosophy. His work has included creating and running various environmental projects as well as academic studies in metaphysics, philosophy of science, human ecology, theoretical physics, theoretical biology, and the social sciences. He is the author of a book in human ecology entitled TOO SMART FOR OUR OWN GOOD (2009) as well as a recent book on metaphysics entitled SIMPLICITY (2012) and two major works in the philosophy of science: SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS (4th ed., 2008) and THE METAPHYSICS OF SCIENCE (2nd ed., 2007).
This presentation is sponsored by the University Studies Colloquy on Spirituality and Health and the Departments of Anthropology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, and Sociology.