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Our Possession of the Classical Past
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Thursday March 21 at 7pm

Watson Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

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What on Earth is Going on? is a podcast for the curious, where small talk is banned and tangents are prized. Strap yourself in for genuine dialogues with people who think deeply and are ready to tackle the big questions, such as playwright Nicolas Billon, economist Miles Corak and chemist Cathleen Crudden.

Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? From the Mafia to the Beaverton, from women in politics to women in leadership, from history to artificial intelligence, and from entrepreneurship in the digital age to the art of wheelchair fencing, just what on Earth is going on?

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May 11, 2018

In the Digital Age, the Internet and social media have utterly transformed the way we live and perceive the world, and there is certainly more to come. But when we started upending norms in the media less than a generation ago, we couldn't perceive the consequences which are now becoming apparent. What on earth is going on with fake news, post-truth, and a new relativism in media and the public discourse? How on earth did we get so polarized in our societies and in our politics? What happens when extremism shares space with mainstream thought? Is it getting worse, or are we just incapable of seeing this transformation for what it really is? And what's on the horizon with the Digital Revolution?

Joining Ben is Carlos Prado, editor of America's Post-Truth Phenomenon: When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence.

Read the blog post for this episode.

About the Guest

Professor Emeritus Carlos Prado was born in Guatemala and immigrated to Canada in 1965. He is a professor of philosophy at Queen’s University, and has published 15 books on numerous subjects, including the 20th century French philosopher Michel Foucault, assisted dying, the effect of social media, and most recently the whole meaning behind the post-truth era. Dr. Prado was named one of the top ten most influential Canadians and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

Learn more about Carlos.