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Exploring the deeper implications of technology, religion and science

UToday HomeJanuary 18, 2013

By Jessica Wallace

Richard Thieme will present a public lecture at the downtown campus on Jan. 23. Photo courtesy of Richard SnowRichard Thieme will present a public lecture at the downtown campus on Jan. 23. Photo courtesy of Richard SnowRichard Thieme will explore the deeper implications of technology, religion and science for twenty-first century life on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the downtown campus of the University of Calgary. The lecture is free for students, and open to the public with an entrance fee of $5 for non-students.

The Design Matters lecture series welcomes to Calgary a wide range of important people who explore design in our contemporary culture. Hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS), this month the series features Richard Thieme.

Thieme is an author and professional speaker focused on the deeper implications of technology, religion and science for 21st century life. He speaks about the challenges posed by new technologies and the future, how to redesign ourselves to meet these challenges and creativity in response to radical change.

“Richard Thieme is a leading thinker on society, culture and technology,” says Tom Keenan, professor in EVDS. “He’s been a regular at the annual DEFCON hacker conference, and anybody who can command the attention of that audience really has something to say."

The author of hundreds of articles, stories and books, Thieme applies his background as a former Episcopal priest to help us understand the meaning behind advances in fields as diverse as biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science and space travel.

Thieme’s most recent publication, Mind Games, is a unique collection of 19 stories of brave new worlds and alternate realities ― stories of computer hackers, deception and intelligence, puzzling anomalies, spirituality and mysteries of consciousness, the paranormal, UFOs, alien life forms ― in short, everyday life in the 21st century.