The Children of Extinction: An Evening of Dinosaur Philosophy with Dr. Leonard Finkelman
|Dates:||21 May 2020|
|Times:||18:00 - 21:00|
|What is it:||Talk|
What do philosophy and dinosaurs have in common? Join us for an evening with Dr. Leonard Finkelman to find out how philosophy can help improve our understanding of the earth’s past and also ourselves.
This event is funded through the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the University of Manchester. It is aimed at adults and is free to drop-in.??
Longer Abstract: Mass extinctions, from the first survival of our earliest ancestors to the disappearance of the non-avian dinosaurs, shaped the course of natural history. But what is a mass extinction? Should we lend any credence to theorists who argue that we are in the midst of one right now? The evidence raises one possibility: that all of human history has taken place in the context of an ongoing mass extinction event. To see our present in this way suggests that we—the children of this extinction—must reconceive how we understand Earth’s past.
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