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The Maya Calendars: the Interplay of Science, Philosophy, Religion, and Art

This seminar will examine the philosophical and scientific contributions of the Maya of Pre-colonial Mesoamerica by an analysis of extant texts and the complex calendrical system of the classic period. We will begin our inquiry with an introduction to Maya culture, followed by an investigation of the Maya calendar and concepts of time alongside a careful reading of one of their extant texts: the Popol Vuh.

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Symposium: The Interplay of Science & Religion

An Open Discussion and Drinking Party (that\\'s the meaning of a Symposium) on the relationship and tensions between science and religion, including the role of reason, belief, knowledge, experimentation, and progress. The main goal of this symposium is to provide an open critical forum for discussion on the topic.

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Grant Writing and the Art of Begging Workshop

The Never Ending Task of Asking for Money. Time June 18 -July 9, Monday 5:30-7 pm @ Glasbox

This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of fundraising.

It will articulate who can seek funds, what entities one can seek funds from, and approaches to do so. Particularly, it will focus on how to write grant proposals.

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Test Course

Testing Utility of new site

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Marxism, Democracy, and Revolution

Marxism has, for better or worse, been an influential school of thought in the late 19th century, and a gargantuan driving force of global politics in the 20th century. However since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the developed world has declared an end to Marxism.

This seminar will explore the impact that Marxism has had in the world in the past and present, its explanations and involvement in numerous sociopolitical issues, and its relevance in the modern world and the democratic project.

IMPORTANT: If you have an interest in this course but can''t pay immediately, or you might want a different seminar time, contact PSI and we will accommodate you as best as possible.

Dont forget to change the times! JZ

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Borges, Immortality, and the Infinity

This seminar will examine the paradoxes and problems associated with infinity in philosophy, mathematics, and science guided the literary creativity of Jorge Luis Borges. From infinite regress problems and proofs of incompleteness to paradoxes of self-reference and infinite existence, our examination will center on their common traits and fundamental assumptions. Borges’s short stories will help us illustrate and focus our attention to assess the implications to several logical, mathematical, physical, philosophical paradoxes and problems of the infinite. The aim of the course is to create a project, of your own choosing, with deep connections to the themes and ideas related to the seminar. It can be a philosophical essay on Borges, an art piece inspired by the themes, a short film or documentary. Together these separate projects will jointly create a ‘book of sand’ based on the concept within Borges’s short story of the same name.

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LoL0: Summer Camp Dry Run

The Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) and the Philosophic Systems Institute (PSI) present the Love of Learning (LoL) Summer Camps. Using an engaging and integrative hands-on STREAM (Science, Technology, Reasoning, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics ) curriculum the LoL camps will offer youth (8-15 years old) a chance to improve their scientific, design, and deep inquiry skills.

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Life, Games, and Chance - The Logic of Probability

There is little doubt that the concept and use of probability is an integral part of our world today. In recent times, understanding probability has been key for the development of many disciplines, a topic of avid research in mathematics, and central to the evolution of science. However, there are questions and problems that remain at the foundations of the field, including the meaning of probability itself, so it has been of great concern to the philosophical community as well. In this seminar we will examine the fundamental questions and problems of probability as they appear in games of chance. Thus, we will seek a deep understanding the idea of chance as a way to contend with problems in philosophy, economics, mathematics, physics, and game theory. The goal for the seminar is to create a game of chance that focuses on or resolves a key problem or idea of probability.

We will examine probability and induction by working carefully through the very basics while developing a precise inquiry into the fundamental problems. This course involves, therefore, working with mathematical, physical, and philosophical concepts and tools. Although no prerequisites in any of these fields are required, you must be eager and ready to engage them with dedication, determination, and in collaboration with peers.

This seminar will be a challenging intellectual adventure across several of the most demanding fields of knowledge. Prepare yourself as you would prepare a major adventure: with attention to detail and with your best daily effort. Careful attention to the texts will be crucial for your success in this class as well.

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Philosophy of Logics

This course will engage Susan Haack's wonderful text on the subject, with the goal of creating a logic system suited for K-12+ students and as a central guide for the Love of Wisdom Project

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Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

This workshop will work through the conceptual and mathematical fundamentals of quantum physics in order to address and understand its foundations and the problems that still lie unresolved. We will work through Ballentine's text on the subject.

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