|THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED|
Date: 23 November 2011
Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1SZ
Williams Olaf Stapledon was born in May 1886. A philosopher by Doctoral training, his PhD thesis was the basis of one of his first books on A Modern Theory of Ethics. Arguably his two crowning achievements in his literature career were Last & First Men and Starmaker. The concepts explored in these books were decades if not centuries ahead of their time. The British-born physicist Freeman Dyson attributes the concept of the ‘Dyson Sphere’ to originating in the writings of Stapledon. In 1948 Stapledon came to London at the request of Arthur C Clarke to deliver a lecture on ‘Interplanetary Man’.
Clarke, who was also influenced by Stapledon, said that “he was the most civilized human being I had ever met”. Were the writings of Stapledon complete works of fiction? Are there some elements of a possible future for our species lurking between the pages of his philosophy? This symposium is dedicated to the writings and philosophy of Stapledon and is part of the ‘BIS Inspiration series’ of symposia.
All presentations are to be written up for submission to a special issue of JBIS.
09:30 Welcome by Kelvin F. Long
Session 1: Stapledonian Vision – Chair: Kelvin F. Long
09:40 Thought’s on the Concept of Universal Mentality – Kelvin F. Long
10:10 The Future & Stapledon’s Visions – Andy Sawyer
11:05 The Earth is My Footstool: Wells, Stapledon, and the Idea of the Post-Human – Patrick Parrinder
11:45 Star Consciousness: An Alternative to Dark Matter – Greg Matloff
12:25 Lunch & Additional Activities
Session 2: Stapledonian Technology & Extraterrestrial Life – Chair Richard Osborne
14:00 Dyson Spheres – Richard Osborne
14:40 Where Was Everybody? Olaf Stapledon & The Fermi Paradox – Stephen Baxter
15:30 Stapledon’s Interplanetary Man: A ‘Commonwealth of Worlds’ & The Ultimate Purpose of Space Colonisation – Ian Crawford
16:10 Discussion Session Led by Richard Osborne
16:30 End of Symposium
This symposium has been arranged by the BIS Technical Committee.
|First Named Author||£20.00|
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