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Phillip S Thurtle
CHID 444
Seattle Campus

Eye and Mind

Investigates life as an emergent phenomenon across the disciplines of biophilosophy, art, art history, literary criticism, and information studies with an emphasis on interdisciplinary methods. Addresses key issues in phenomenology, social theory, contemporary bioart, and complexity studies.

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This class investigates life as an emergent phenomenon across the disciplines of biophilosophy, art, art history, literary criticism, and information studies. Students will read key texts from these disciplines, evaluate recent art commenting on bioinformatics, and design their own creative projects. Throughout the quarter we will ask questions such as: What do art and science have in common? Are “knowing" and “living"? necessarily separate? What is an emergent phenomenon? What is special about living organisms? Students should expect to leave this class with knowledge of key issues in phenomenological philosophy, contemporary bioart, and complexity studies.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Phillip S Thurtle
Date: 11/04/2010