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God, Human, Animal, Machine - Meghan O'Gieblyn - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2021 - 1:30pm</span>

God, Human, Animal, Machine

10/23/2021 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Watch a replay of this event at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?515492-3/god-human-animal-machine


For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes's division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness--i.e., souls--might be illusions. Now the inexorable rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence--identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself--urgently require rethinking.


Meghan O'Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as the best possible guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.

Meghan O'Gieblyn

About Presenter Meghan O'Gieblyn



Meghan O'Gieblyn is a writer who was raised and still lives in the Midwest. Her essay collection, Interior States was published to wide acclaim and won the 2018 Believer Booker Award for Nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, Bookforum, n+1, The Believer, The Guardian, The Point, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review and elsewhere. She received a BA in English from Loyola University, Chicago and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband.


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