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Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human Memory and Identity


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


Ethnic Cultural Theatre  -  7:30 pm Fri. October 14; 7:30 pm Sat. Oct. 15; 2:00 pm Sun. Oct. 16

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 Memory and Identity and, with the help of the University of Washington’s Memory and Brain Wellness Center, we have invited four scientists and teamed each scientist with a local Seattle playwright. Their collaborations will lead to the creation of four intriguing short plays, each asking the question: "How might current and possible future innovations in the fields of memory and identity change our understanding of what it means to be human?


“Heavenly Spaces”

by Emily Conbere      Directed by Steven Sterne

with Janelle S. Taylor - Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington.


“The Cosmic Background Radiation Polka”

by Dawson Nichols      Directed by Francesco D’Aniello

with Sheri Mizumori - Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology at the University of Washington.


“Rift”

by Kristina Sutherland Rowell      Directed by Catherine Blake Smith

with Andrea Stocco - Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), and co-director of the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory, University of Washington.


“Crying in the Chapel”

by Sara Porkalob      Directed by David Gassner

with Elizabeth Buffalo - Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington.






4th Annual Thought Experiments

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