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Classes Next Semester - Transience Divine
December 18th, 2007
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Classes Next Semester
Next semester, I'm teaching my last seminar at MIT, and you should join in!

The Coming Years: An Exploration of the Future

What will the world be like in 20 years, or in a hundred years? In this seminar, we will draw upon several disciplines (including anthropology, system dynamics, and fiction) to illuminate the possible future developments in science and technology, culture and lifestyles, and dominant paradigms and societies. The scope of the class will range from the effects of the internet over the next decade, to the worldwide political changes we can expect in the next century, to the feats of engineering that might emerge in the coming millennium.

It's a reading/discussion/modeling/project class, and it's going to be a *blast*! Pass the word! More information at http://www.existencia.org/future/. If you aren't an MIT student, tell me and I'll put you on my list.

Plus, I'm going to teach a three-part lecture series on "How to Stage a Revolution" some time in March! It's inspired by a seminar of that name taught this last semester, which apparently failed to give any practical advice on the question in question. My lectures will concentrate on cutting-edge technologies and methodologies for producing rapid culture-wide change, as well as suggestions and ethical considerations on what changes to push. Tell me now if you want to know when that's being scheduled.

Aaaand I'm giving a short talk at MathWorks (Makers of MATLAB) tomorrow about vocal technologies in Rock Band!

Current Music: War is over / If you want it / War is over / Now

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From:quantumkitty
Date:December 19th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
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That sounds neat. Perhaps not quite my cup of tea, but still neat.

Is this an actual class, for credit and everything?

(If not, I wonder if something like this might be a solution to my I-wish-I-were-back-in-school problem...)
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From:jrising
Date:December 19th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
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It's an official seminar, for 6 units of general MIT credit (that's 2 credits, in other-college speak). But I certainly don't care if participants are officially enrolled, and I'm hoping to get some people involved who aren't affiliated with the school at all.
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From:jducoeur
Date:December 24th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is dangerously interesting. What time of day is the seminar going to be? My Friday evenings aren't free, but I could think about other times...
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From:jrising
Date:December 31st, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
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The first meeting time is Friday, Feb. 8, at 2pm, but that's advertised as the only first meeting time specifically because I don't want scheduling to be more of a barrier than necessary. (That said, finding another time is never easy, but I usually give it a try.)
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From:calledtovienna
Date:December 19th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
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It was not a seminar, but a freshman history class. There is a website (http://web.mit.edu/revolution/www/) although I am not sure if it allows you to access the documents unless you are registered, which is a pity.
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From:conana
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. I need an extra three units to graduate.... It would be all bookendy. We'll see. I definitely want in on your How to Stage a Revolution
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From:jrising
Date:January 4th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
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You should definitely take it! And I'll make sure to let you know when How to Stage a Revolution is happening.
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