Hello, well-kneaded friends and family! Every week I become qualitatively sleepier. I have a few updates, and I’m going to number them so navigating between each is easier.
1) We will be meeting this Thursday (10/18), 3PM-4:20PM, at KH C2096A. We’ve spent many weeks talking about AI, and so we’re shifting topic. Hayley will be presenting on “Awesome Kabbalistic Sex, Six Genders, and Consent: Sex and Sexuality through the Jewish Lens.” Here’s her own description of the presentation: “At its best, we tend to believe that religion is silent on issues of sex, sexuality, and gender identity. At its worst, we believe it demonizes sexuality; treating the subject as shameful or taboo. This “no-holds barred” conversation about sex, sexuality, and gender identity will utilize stories from the Hebrew Bible, laws of the Talmud, and the Esoteric Wisdom Kabbalah to weave together an understanding of sensuality from the Jewish perspective.” There are no readings for this week; just come prepared to think new things!
2) Our own Mark Balaguer’s going to give a presentation at the Math Club on the philosophy of mathematics! It’ll be this Wednesday (10/17), 3:15-4:15PM, in the Math Conference Room in Simpson Tower. Mark will talk about what kinds of theories philosophers of mathematics put forward, about the methodology of philosophy of mathematics, about the relationship between mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics, and about probability. Go support him, and go learn more about math! Math is good. Trust me.
3) The AI debate happened on October 11th last week, and it went well! Thank you to all of you who came and participated. You’ll notice that there was no email update about the AI debate; for whatever reason, Gmail decided to block all my attempts at sending the email out, and I’m not sure why. I’m ready to file a Title IX complaint. Hopefully the same issue won’t haunt me next semester for the next installment of the AI debate: do robots have rights? Anyway, the AI debate was recorded, and we’ll try and put that up on Youtube soon so that you can watch from home.
I’m going to now send my soul to sleep. She needs rest.