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Janet Sisson Ethics & Happiness Sept 2014
Kananaskis 2014 Creation of a Farmer May 2014
Kananaskis 2014 Geo-Engineering the Climate May 2014
Kananaskis 2014 Hell and High Water May 2014
Kananaskis 2013
Bill Johnston
"The Face and Mind {Soul} of Architecture" May 2013
Kananaskis 2013
Monica Baehr
“Movies, mind, and making sense” May 2013
Thomas Keenan “We Know What You're Thinking, Almost

 (How technology is being used to map and even reprogram our brains, sometimes for sinister purposes)
Heather Jamniczky “Being Animal: the search for animal consciousness”
Anna Korwin-Kowalewska “Cultural Identity in Contemporary Islam”
Noa Latham  “Consciousness and Theories of Everything”

A theory of everything is a theory of the minimal features of the universe that cannot be explained and upon which everything else depends. What the physicist cannot explain is why there is a universe at all, and why it is the way it is rather than some other way. Analogously, what David Chalmers has dubbed the “Hard Problem” of consciousness is the problem of explaining why consciousness exists at all and why it is the way it is rather than some other way. The talk discussed the view that the hard problem could be solved by scientific or evolutionary explanations of consciousness that show it to depend on a purely physicalist theory in the way that everything else does. And it discussed the alternative view that a theory of everything cannot be a purely physicalist theory, but must be supplemented in some way with a theory of how consciousness relates to the physical world. It considered whether empirical evidence could tell in favour of either of these views, and examine how else they might be assessed if not through evidence.

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For further reading on how consciousness might be required in a theory of everything, a useful article that originally appeared in Scientific American is “The Puzzle of Conscious Experience” by David Chalmers http://consc.net/papers/puzzle.html

Latham's own ideas as to how to approach the hard problem of consciousness and his criticisms of Chalmers can be found in his “Chalmers on the Addition of Consciousness to the World” http://phil.ucalgary.ca/sites/phil.ucalgary.ca/files/unitis/publications/215-28748/Chalmers.pdf
 
G. Campbell
Teskey
Dr. Wilder Penfield and a history of ‘motor cortex' November 13, 2012
Jay
Ingram
Animal Consciousness
The Rook and the Test Tube: Fable Made Fact - ScienceNOW
Mirror-Induced Behavior in the Magpie
Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration) | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network
October 30, 2012
Garth Mihalceon Ethics & Technology April 3, 2012
Frank Stahnisch Research Interest  versus Patient Autonomy
Three YouTube film clips on DBS, Penfield, and Medtronic:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xdB1jNBu8&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL6413BAC3F79760FB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNdM9JhTPJw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz7HbbWa-wE&feature=related
March 6, 2012
Arthur Frank The Uneasy But Symbiotic Relationship Between Ethics and Stories
Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology: Amazon.ca: Arthur W. Frank: Books
http://www.amazon.ca/Letting-Stories-Breathe-Arthur-Frank/dp/0226260135
January24, 2012
Nate Phelps Nate Phelps was born into the Westboro Baptist Church, known for their extreme views against homosexuality. Eventually, he realized that he did not share those beliefs and decided to break free from the church.
http://natephelps.com/
http://www.cbc.ca/daybreakalberta/2012/03/10/daybreak-again-march-1011-2012/
http://www.oprah.com/own-rosie/Nate-Phelps-Discusses-His-Mental-Healing-Video
November 29, 2011
Allen Carlson Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics November 15, 2011
Doreen Barrie Canada's Health Care Problems: Are European Models the Solution November 1, 2011
Clara Joseph Ethical Encounters in Narratives: In the Face of the Other, with Gandhi and Levinas October 18,2011
Janet Sisson Ethics in Theory and in Practice October 4,2011
Phil Hoffmann Truth, Language and the Philosophy of Language April 2011
Sinclair MacRae “The Elements of Professionalism” Symposium May 8,2010
David Ohreen “Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Myth?” Symposium May 8,2010
Valery Efimenko "Russian Philosophical Thought: From Tsars to Commissars" October 20,2009
Janet Sisson "Socrates and the Philosophy of Inquiry" October 6, 2009
Mark Gardiner "The Moral Point of View" November 3, 2009