Technology and Transcendence
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Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition
July 28–August 3, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM
Should there be limits to the pursuit of technology? In the Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to human beings. In Aeschylus’ classic, it is a blessing and a curse for us, and Prometheus is punished for his transgression. This myth is archetypal for the deepest questions that surround our ambivalent experience of technology. We’ll read texts, study films, and perform laboratory experiments, pivoting on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (subtitled “the modern Prometheus”), and culminating in Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Blade Runner. The modern enlightenment project set new ambitions for what technology can do, and we have, for the 200 years since Shelley’s novel transfixed our imagination, wrestled explicitly with the question of whether technology serves us, transforms us, or potentially dehumanizes us.
Classes and Readings
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Skeleton Observation, Electricity Practicum
Strauss, “The Upright Posture”
Faraday, Experimental Researches in Electricity
Chaplin, Modern Times
Scott, Blade Runner
Marker, La Jeteé
Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
Improv comedy, pottery, yoga
A visit to Abiquiu Lake and outing to see The Thirteenth Child at the Santa Fe Opera
July 28–August 3, 2019Technology and Transcendence: Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition
June 30–July 6, 2019Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law
July 7–13, 2019Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society
The community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas shared in the classroom. To further nurture a sense of community, Summer Academy students participate in non-academic workshops such as archery, pottery, yoga, and cooking. Off campus excursions will include a refreshing visit to Lake Abiquiu and a tour of Meow Wolf’s immersive, multi-media arts installation.