Personhood: what do we think we are doing
Tuesday, June 26 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: Koepelzaal
Presider: Douglass Scott, Waseda University, Japan
Abstract: Cognitive studies, neuro-science, philosophy and psychology have had a lot to say about "what it means to be" a human being in the last fifty years, and yet most of the time most of us still use a late nineteenth century view of people when we act; whether in business, education, politics, or social interaction. This pecha kucha will sketch some of the main reasons why our ideas of "people" have become hopelessly outdated and explain what could replace them, and the benefits we would draw from this.` Currently we try to plan, and we try to encourage communities to organise and plan, without a current understanding of the nature of the persons who form communities and their necessary relationships to the wider whole. Somehow we have allowed half a century of important research to remain hidden, and failed to use it to establish a new consensus. We still use a form of common sense that sees the world as formed by individuals who voluntarily band together in communities, or at least we regard that "common sense" as permissable. I have developed this pecha kucha in a number of presentations: to students, teachers, and artists. This will form its fifth incarnation and my best attempt so far at rehearsing an interconnected series of arguments, with a conclusion, in 6 minutes 40 seconds.