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While the future is, of course, in general unknowable, the objective of the course is to have some intellectual fun exploring possible “times to come” in a few areas. Selected areas will include: a quick review of the past to place the course’s discussions in context, an assessment of projected environmental impacts, energy futures, and transportation trends, a plunge into the information age and implications of artificial intelligence, an examination of efforts to detect other intelligent life in our Galaxy, a survey of space exploration, and a long-view about the potential future of human beings and of our home, Earth. The course will include some science but with a light touch.

Course “Guide:” Richard Scribner has a PhD in Physics from The University of Florida. He was a professor at Georgetown University, directing its Science, Technology, and International Affairs program.  He was a founder of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow Program; a State Department official; a director of ISTS,  a counter terrorism research center, at Dartmouth College; and a consultant to the U.S. Justice and Homeland Security Departments.  He has authored or co-authored books, chapters, and articles on science, technology and public policy, climate change, and arms control.

Location:  Amelia Museum of History

Day and Time:  Wednesdays, February 6-March 27, 10:00 am-Noon

Fee:  $50

There will be no text. Books and other sources will be identified for potential student follow-up. There will be several handouts provided including some for reading prior to a next class.