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Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human

“Living in Multiple Realities”

a festival of original plays, created by scientist/playwright teams, examining the question

of what it means to be human in light of current developments in science and technology

Pacific Science Center  -  October 12, 13, 14

Each year, Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human examines the impact of a different field on that question. Conversations between scientists and playwrights lead to a festival of original short plays examining how current developments in that field may impact how we answer the question of what it means to be human.

This year our theme is “Living in Multiple Realities” and we are presenting it at the Pacific Science Center in conjunction with their “What is Reality” Experience Mashup.

We have invited four scientists whose work relates in some way to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and how they might affect us and our perception of the world - or what they might reveal. We will soon be teaming each scientist with a local Seattle playwright. Their collaborations will lead to the creation of four intriguing short plays, each exploring the science underlying how we experience the various “realities” that are becoming open to us - and how living in them may change us.

This year’s playwright/scientist pairs are:

L. Nicol Cabe with Franziska Roesner, Ph.D.,whose research focuses on computer security and privacy;

Darian Lindle with Max Di Luca, Ph.D., a researcher who uses psychophysical experiments and computational modeling to understand how human perception works;

Wayne Rawley with Laura Trutoiu, Ph.D., a domain expert in virtual and mixed reality and

Jane Ryan with Mar Gonzales Franco, Ph.D., whose research tries to achieve strong immersive experiences using different disciplines.

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