[ExI] Max More & "An Inconvenient Truth" at WFS - CenTx

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Mon Jun 11 15:17:38 UTC 2007

In case anyone is in Austin next Tuesday, June 19th:

>Max More
>Dr. Max More is an internationally acclaimed 
>strategic philosopher widely recognized for his 
>thinking on the philosophical and cultural 
>implications of emerging technologies. Max's 
>contributions include founding the philosophy of 
>transhumanism, authoring the transhumanist 
>philosophy of extropy, and co-founding Extropy 
>Institute, an organization crucial in building 
>the transhumanist movement since 1990.
>Over the past two decades, Max has been 
>concerned that our escalating technological 
>capabilities are racing far ahead of our 
>standard ways of thinking about future 
>possibilities. Through a highly 
>interdisciplinary approach drawing on 
>philosophy, economics, cognitive and social 
>psychology, and management theory, Max developed 
>a distinctive approach known as the 
>"Proactionary Principle"­a tool for making 
>smarter decisions about advanced technologies by 
>minimizing the dangers of progress and maximizing the benefits.
>"We have a dreadful shortage of people who know 
>so much, can both think so boldly and clearly, 
>and can express themselves so articulately. Carl 
>Sagan managed to capture the public eye but 
>Sagan is gone and has not been replaced. I see 
>Max as my candidate for that post." (Marvin Minsky)
>For more information about Dr. Max More, visit 
>An Inconvenient Truth
>Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If 
>the vast majority of the world's scientists are 
>right, we have just ten years to avert a major 
>catastrophe that could send our entire planet 
>into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving 
>extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and 
>killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.
>If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom 
>and doom -- think again. From director Davis 
>Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, 
>AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate 
>and inspirational look at one man's fervent 
>crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress 
>in its tracks by exposing the myths and 
>misconceptions that surround it. That man is 
>former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake 
>of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the 
>course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, 
>all-out effort to help save the planet from 
>irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and 
>poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling 
>global warming show," Gore also proves himself 
>to be one of the most misunderstood characters 
>in modern American public life. Here he is seen 
>as never before in the media - funny, engaging, 
>open and downright on fire about getting the 
>surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls 
>our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.
>With 2005, the worst storm season ever 
>experienced in America just behind us, it seems 
>we may be reaching a tipping point - and Gore 
>pulls no punches in explaining the dire 
>situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts 
>and future predictions is the story of Gore's 
>personal journey: from an idealistic college 
>student who first saw a massive environmental 
>crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a 
>harrowing family tragedy that altered his 
>perspective, to the man who almost became 
>President but instead returned to the most 
>important cause of his life - convinced that 
>there is still time to make a difference.
>With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH 
>ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive 
>argument that we can no longer afford to view 
>global warming as a political issue - rather, it 
>is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.
>Paramount Classics and Participant Productions 
>present a film directed by Davis Guggenheim, AN 
>INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Featuring Al Gore, the film 
>is produced by Laurie David, Lawrence Bender and 
>Scott Z. Burns. Jeff Skoll and Davis Guggenheim 
>are the executive producers and the co-producer is Leslie Chilcott.
>For more information about the video visit 
>For more information about the Central Texas 
>Chapter of the World Future Society, visit 
>For more information about the World Future 
>Society, visit 
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>Look for annoucement soon on free 12 part discussion online of the book.
>The audio recording for Jon Lebkowsky's 
>presentation on Extreme Democracy is now 
>available on our blog 
>or you can access directly at 
>(mp3, 96 min)
>Texas's Future Blog
>Max More & An Inconvenient truth
>Inconvenient Truth Resouces
>Extreme Democracy
>Dr. Max More
>Inconvenient Truth Resouces
>For more resources on An Inconvenient Truth, 
>in the Classroom.
>For information about the impact of global 
>warming on businesses, view the 18 minute video 
>from TED 
>Doerr: Seeking salvation and profit in greentech
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