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Buddhism, Technology & the Future – David Kittay | 6-8pm EST

Feb
03

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Columbia Religion Professor David Kittay in a 4-session seminar, where we will, together, explore the present and future of technology and religion:

Buddhism Technology Future,

modeled after his over-subscribed seminar at Columbia, “Technology Religion Future.”


Buddhism

February 3, 6-8 pm: The Heart of Technology
Read: Kittay, Lost at Last, Selections; The Heart Sutra; Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane, 8-18; Kelly, What Technology Wants, 1-17; Harari, “The World after Coronavirus.”

Technology

February 10, 6-8 pm: Social Media Meets Timeless Omniscience
Read: Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Ch. 1; Rovelli, The Order of Time, 1-36; Bhayabherava Sutta – The Fear and Dread Sutra.

Future

February 17, 6-8 pm: The Technological Singularity – Enlightenment for Everyone?
Read: Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near, ch. 1.

February 24, 6-8 pm: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? So What?
Read: Nick Bostrum, “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?” Kittay, Lost At Last, Ch. 9.

4 sessions of two hours each over zoom, with time allocated for a talk by Prof. Kittay, breakout discussions and questions and answers. There will also be separate office hours with Prof. Kittay. The readings and complete syllabus with bibliography will be sent upon registration.
First-responders, health-care workers, and military personnel are invited as guests to all programs. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Wednesdays; 6-8pm EST | February 3, 10, 17, 24

Registration fee: $20 to attend all four sessions | REGISTER HERE

Dr. David Komodo Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia, where his courses are called “life changing,” translates exoteric and esoteric Buddhist texts, and founded and teaches at The Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities at the Drew Hamilton Houses on 143rd St. He is a Tibet House Board member. His latest publication is The Vajra Rosary Tantra, available from Wisdom Publications.

Venue

NY United States