Jun 30, 2022  
2017-2018 University Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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HNSM 367 - Human Being and Natural Being: The End of Evolution?

3 hours
This course seeks to parallel (or extend?) Darwinian biological evolution with human cultural evolution in order to investigate the extent to which certain technologies actually support the species (i.e., have utility as survival strategy) and which ones may not. Specifically, we will contemplate the following question: If the species homo sapiens evolved a capacity for literacy, a by-product of the evolution of language centers in the human brain, and the linear, rational, categorical, empirical modes of thought it facilitates-what changes are suggested to our understanding of what it is to be “human” if we should find our species turning en masse from this capacity?



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