*Join us on the always eerie on Friday, April 13th for an Olio Happy Hour with Geoff and Manny exploring Free Will, Determinism, and Radical Nihilism*
Taught by Professor Geoff Klock and Professor Manuel Rodeiro
**This will feature multiple professors giving 30-minute, interdisciplinary talks on topics that may or may not relate.**
OLIO #1 - The Joker, Hamlet, and George R.R. Martin: Radical Nihilism
Professor Geoff Klock
Christopher Nolan, George RR Martin and Shakespeare each invented powerful mouthpieces for an uncomfortable and unavoidable truth -- a deep and radical nihilism is at the bottom of all things; our lives are held up by illusions, useful fictions, that we invent, forget we invent, and that end up controlling us. We can cast them aside, or remake them, at any time -- but at what cost? Join me for a class that hops from Westeros, to Gotham City, to Denmark.
OLIO #2 - Free Will vs Determinis
Professor Manuel Rodeiro
We all intuitively think that we had a choice regarding what we ate for breakfast - that instead of having a bagel, I could have had a bowl of cereal. But this Olio will explore the possibility that maybe this feeling that we could have chosen otherwise is an illusion. We will look at four arguments that challenge our understanding of free will: (1) theological argument; (2) psychological argument; (3) neuroscientific argument, and (4) physical argument. Afterwards, we will explore why we hold free will so dearly and what if anything would change if we lost our understanding of having a choice in our decisions and behavior.
***Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery***
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Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.
Manuel Rodeiro teaches in the Philosophy department at Baruch College. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center and received a JD from Fordham University School of Law. He specializes in socio-political, ethical, and legal philosophy.