15

Apr

Science and Philosophy through Star Trek

In each class we will view a Star Trek episode and then have an hour long lecture and discussion period.

Session 1 
Thursday April 28 9:00-11:00 pm
Helm’s Deep Cooperative Commons room
630 East Atwater Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana
Planet Earth, Sol system, Milky Way Galaxy

ET: Friend or Foe?

Star Trek Episode: The Cage
This is the first ever pilot episode of Star Trek, filmed in 1964, and digitally remastered with modern special effects. It’s also considered by many to be one of the all time best Star Trek episodes. In it, the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike visits an unexplored planet to rescue the marooned crew of a crashed spacecraft. They encounter an alien species called the Talosians, who have plans for the crew of the Enterprise.

Optional reading:
Tarter, J. 2001 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 39:511-548.

The episode will be followed by a half-hour lecture by Dr. Paul Patton, who holds a doctorate in neurobiology and is currently a graduate student in the History and Philosophy of Science program at IU. The lecture will cover the history of the concept of extraterrestrial intelligence, and current scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence. It will compare these real life possibilities with the fiction of Star Trek. Are real life aliens likely to resemble the Talosians? For scientific supporters of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, contact with aliens of a sought after goal. A few scientists, however, including the noted astrophysicist Steven Hawking, view extraterrestrials as a possible threat to humanity. After the lecture (or mixed with the informal lecture), Dr. Patton will lead a half hour long discussion on the question of whether ET is likely to be a friend or foe to humanity, and any other issues raised by this Star Trek episode.


Session 2
Thursday May 26 9:00-11:00 pm
Helm’s Deep Cooperative Commons room
630 East Atwater Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana
Planet Earth, Sol system, Milky Way Galaxy

Time travel: Paradoxes and possibilities

Star Trek Episode: The City on the Edge of Forever
This is the first season episode of the original series, which first aired in 1967. It was authored by science fiction writer Harlan Ellison and won the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Production. It is considered by many to be the best Star Trek episode ever, for all the series. The version we’ll be watching has been digitally remastered with modern special effects. In the archeological ruins of a long dead advanced civilization, the crew of the Enterprise discovers a working time machine. Departing from his usual preferences, Captain Kirk finds true love with an Earth woman; 1930’s social worker Edith Keeler, leading to heart wrenching tragedy.

Optional reading:
Time Travel and Modern Physics, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.illc.uva.nl/~seop/entries/time-travel-phys/#Oth

This episode will be followed by a half hour lecture by Dr. Paul Patton about the real physics and philosophy of time as given in Einstein’s Special and General Theories of Relativity. The lecture will be geared to a general audience. We’ll examine whether time travel might actually someday be possible, or is simply a thought-provoking fantasy. This episode also raises an ethical issue: should one person be allowed to die in order to save the lives of others? Philosophers sometimes state this issue in terms of the “Trolley problem”. Our discussion will concern Kirk’s ethical dilemma and other aspects of the episode and time travel generally.

09

Apr

happy heart yoga cancelled due to rain. :(

02

Apr

Spanish Night/Noche Española

Come and connect with other Spanish-speakers in Bloomington!
All levels are welcome.

Jen.

When: Mondays at 8:30 p.m. (starts April 4)
Where: Helm’s Deep (630 E. Atwater)

30

Mar

Classes Start Friday April 1st, 2011!

26

Mar

Hey All, Emi has offered up her house as a rain alternative. Her house is right across the street from Bryan Park. The address is 1026 S. Henderson. So if you show up late and don’t find us at the basketball court than you might find us across the street at Emi’s.

see you all in an hour.

24

Mar

Free Skool Potluck: Saturday March 26th!

Make sure to check the website before you attend classes, in case there are changes!


Don’t forget about the Free Skool Potluck! It is the first Free Skool event, and we want to see lots of people there. It is open to anyone, not just teachers or student
This Saturday, March 26 at 2 pm in Bryan park. We are meeting at the basketball court.

See you there!

Love, The Free skoolers

Intro to Zen

An introduction to Zen Buddhist teachings and meditation techniques.


Doug
Where: Monroe County Public Library, Meeting Room 1A
When:Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm (Starting March 8th and excluding the week of March 13th-19th)

Bring: An open mind. Comfortable pants a plus.
Questions: griggori@gmail.com

11

Mar

Checking in with Folks

Hello All!

Class time is approaching, and we are all really excited! We have printed and distributed calendars, and hopefully you’ve seen them around town. If you haven’t, let us know, and we will rev up our distribution efforts. If you have any interest in getting your hands on some calendars, we would be really excited to print some for you (email us at bloomingtonfreeskool@gmail.com). We just want to spread the word.

Don’t forget about the Potluck! It is the first Free Skool event, and we want to see lots of people there. It is open to anyone, not just teachers or students. Remember, it is on March 26 at 2 pm in Bryan park. We are meeting at the basketball court. See you there!

Love,
Mel

P.S. we encourage teachers to trumpet their classes around town. (make facebook events for their classes etc)

10

Mar

Bloomington Free Skool in the IDS

09

Mar