join Minnesota MAP for Black Mirror & Philosophy Night! 5:30pm Monday 5/6 Heller Hall 731
"U.S.S. Callister" episode with discussion following ***snacks & drinks provided! ***
directed by Toby Haynes
written by Charlie Brooker & William Bridges "Robert Daly, a reclusive but gifted programmer and co-founder of a popular massive multiplayer online game, is embittered by the lack of recognition for his work. He has created a mock Star Trek-like simulation on a private server, using DNA from his co-workers to create sentient digital clones of them, serving under himself their abusive captain of the starship USS Callister. When the digital clone of new hire Nanette Cole is brought into his game, Cole's clone encourages the other copies to revolt against Daly. After obtaining a in-simulation device that lets them communicate outside the private server, Cole's clone blackmails the real Cole to distract Daly long enough for the digital clones to take over Callister and escape off the private server, while Daly, trapped within the simulation at the onset of a game patch, ends up motionless in the real world."
questions? email Grace Cebrero at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING 2019 Hangout, Snacks & Discussion Discussion topic: Philosophy of Poverty Thursday FEBRUARY 14, 2019 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm Heller Hall 7th Floor Lounge
"Philosophy of Poverty explores some of the deeper issues raised by the tragedy of global poverty. In the past, the subject of poverty has been relegated to those who make social, economic and public policy. However, in the past few decades, philosophers have turned their attention to a myriad of issues raised by global poverty." (Louis Harmon)
Questions to think about and discuss:
-- How do we define and conceive of poverty?
-- How is it possible for those who are well off to gain knowledge about what poverty means to the poor?
-- What measures of poverty make it easier for those who are well off to understand the full impact of poverty on human capabilities and well being?
-- What were the historical, social, and economic causes of poverty, and how do those impact our ethical obligations to those who live in poverty?
-- What are the moral obligations of those are well off to people who live in poverty—either in our own country, or in countries throughout the world?
-- How does poverty impact individual agency and imperil free choice and autonomy?
-- Does global poverty harm those who are not themselves morally defensible theory of development?
-- Is freedom from poverty a basic human right?
-- Are there steps that nations, institutions, or citizens of affluent, powerful states might take to eradicate global poverty?
-- How do those who live in poverty experience their educational resources and health care?
-- What can we learn about local poverty by thinking about global poverty?