SIS201lecture_2008 - Making of 21st Century: View from...

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Making of 21 st Century: View from Physics or Science, and Music (and International Relations) with Exuberance and Humility or Challenge for International Studies or What Is To Be Done? Guest Lecture for SIS201, May 23, 2008 Vladi Chaloupka, Professor of Physics Adjunct Professor of Music Adjunct Professor of International Studies vladi@u.washington.edu www.phys.washington.edu/users/vladi
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What I will be talking about CV of VC and importance (?) of small nations Physics (and Molecular Biology) as a source of a different Worldview The Basic Problem and the Big Gap What Is To Be Done, and what I am doing: PHYS 216 / SIS 216 (Spring 2008): English majors and Biology majors in the same classroom How naïve was Albert Einstein? Conclusions: Fermi paradox, bonfire metaphor and Homo Sapiens
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A test: am I really lecturing to Jackson School? What Is To Be Done? Vladimir Chaloupka [1] Readers well versed in the history of political philosophy will have recognized my title as identical to that of the most famous piece by my infamous namesake. Well, he was a rebel, and so am I. But the similarity ends there, I hope.
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“Even more than Vietnam 30 years ago, Iraq constitutes a major strategic setback. There is no getting around this. But Iraq is just that--a setback. What is essential is that the U.S. cut its losses there, contain the consequences and look for new opportunities to advance its interests around the world.” Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations
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The modern era has been dominated by the culminating belief, expressed in different forms, that the world and Being as such is a wholly knowable system governed by a finite number of universal laws that man can grasp and rationally direct for his own benefit. … This, in turn, gave rise to the proud belief that man, as the pinnacle of everything that exists, was capable of objectively describing, explaining and controlling everything that exists . ... Vaclav Havel
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2008 for the course SIS 201 taught by Professor Scottradnitz during the Fall '08 term at University of Washington.

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