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LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Some examples of topics available for Presentations & Speaking arrangements by Hans L.D.G. Starlife. This is only a partial list. For further topics and ideas for your event, please contact us.

1. The Case Against Believing
Do you believe in God? Or do you believe in your football team? And do you say 'believe' when you actually mean hope or wish? Perhaps you believe or even 'know' that your team will win? It's time to refocus the discussion from the various objects we may have chosen to believe in, to the act of believing, versus the act of knowing. Also, how come students believing in a God attend universities fostering a scientific view? Should religious groups enjoy government benefits? And isn't religion nowadays more about collective, social and cultural identification?

2. Natural vs. Cultural Realities
What is real, fair and objective? Basically everything in society is man-made. We always picture our own realities in our mind, so called "mindsets". Parents, businesses & governments also make up various "truths" fitting their respective objectives. "Truths" which shapes our values, worldviews & legal systems. But what about Nature? If conflicting, should invented truths stand above natural truths? "Political correctedness" can cause censorship of scientific findings. Could we create a more fair society based on scientific realities?

3. Intelligence & Interactivity in Nature
What is Life & Intelligence? Today we know it may not require
a biological body; probably not a body at all. What will that make of our future? Will we become intelligent machines, or a conscious 'internet'? Scientists now think that consciousness may arise anywhere you have sufficient neural-like networking. The key seems to be interactivity. We Humans like to label things as "either or". But our new holistic view of Nature rather mirror that of some native peoples, revealing an interactive, interconnected "weave" where everything is just "more or less". More or less alive, aware, etc... a grade difference.

4. Feelings & Flexibility in Future Society
Some predict that our machines will soon become so smart they take over the evolution of civilization. Already, we Humans are starting to merge with our technologies. Will we lose something in the process? Our computerized society tends to become less personal and flexible, forcing us into unwanted standardization
& uniformity. It's either yes or no, nothing in between. And what about feelings? Can future Human-derived intelligence still feel love, joy and beauty? Can emotions evolve just like intelligence, or are they a temporary primitive feature? Shall we continue to adapt to our systems, even if we lose this side of ourselves - or should our systems be adapted to us?

5. Humankind vs. Planet Earth
The Western world is poorer now than a couple of decades ago. We have been taught that in order to save ourselves, we must limit our activities, resources and growth. But what defines "ourselves"? In public debate, "Humankind" and "the Earth" are often used to describe the same thing. But while our planet may have reached its limits, we haven't. Growth is natural. It's in our genes, it's the survival instinct of every life form. If you can expand somewhere, you will do it. So is it natural or unnatural for our species to stay on Earth?

6. Humans, Aliens and Universes
The universe is very old. If advanced alien civilizations evolved long ago, they should already be here. Unless we are among the first, the "rare Earth" principle. So where are they? Maybe they always perish for some reason - meaning we will too. Or maybe they are here, but being so godlike we really can't understand it. Or maybe they turn inwards, living solely in virtual universes. Or maybe they created us inside a virtual universe? As we seek the answers, we may also be able to predict our own future destiny, and that of our universe.

7. The Globalization of East & West
Public debate is seldom objective on different political systems. Old "truths" persist in our minds, though the world is changing. Using two nations he knows well as example, Sweden and China, Hans turns the usual cliches upside down, discussing ignored factors behind China's progress and West's decline. Telling loads of both funny and serious stories, he also explains how cultural and political globalization leads East and West to edge closer to each other - from both directions - for better or for worse.

8. Who Speaks for Europe?
Some early EU visionaries dreamt of a 'United States of Europe'. But many citizens & governments didn't share the vision, afraid of loosing national powers & identities. Too much compromises, however, may have dilluted the EU into a soulless and even less popular body. Powers like China & USA also began with different peoples. Today nobody questions them. So why EU? Did they fail with the marketing? Who speaks for Europe? Is there a European interest, or is Europe just the sum of all its national interests?


   
 

 

 

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