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The Future of Human Nature: Transhumanism, Dehumanization and Virtual Worlds.

UNC Philosophy & Psychiatry Research Group
Friday, April 30, 2021
Location: Virtual Event Registration Required

The 2nd Annual UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Conference is on the theme of “The Future of Human Nature: Transhumanism, Dehumanization and Virtual Worlds.” The conference is hosted by the Center for Bioethics, the Departments of Philosophy and Psychiatry, the UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Research Group, and Carolina Seminars. The speakers for the virtual event are:

  • Dr. Susan Levin, Professor of Philosophy at Smith College, is presenting “Posthumanity Is a Misnomer: Transhumanists’ View of What We Are and Can Become Is Behind the Times” which draws from her latest book Posthuman Bliss? The Failed Promise of Transhumanism (Oxford 2021).
  • Dr. David L. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England, is presenting “How Dehumanization Works”, which draws from his latest book Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization (Harvard 2021) .
  • Dr. David Chalmers, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, is presenting “Virtual Worlds and the Human Mind” which draws from his latest work Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy (Norton 2022).

The conference can be viewed live on the Department of Psychiatry’s Youtube channel.

Conference Program:

9-9:15 Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45  Susan Levin, PhD

10:45-11:00 break

11:00-12:30  Davis L. Smith, PhD

12:30-1:00 break

1:00-2:30 David Chalmers, PhD

2:30-2:45 break

2:45-4:30 panel discussion

4:30-4:40 closing remarks