Team 3 Synthesis
Carolyn's Synthesis

My overall impression of our presentation is now a little blurry as so much time has passed, but the things that really surprised and pleased me stayed firmly embedded in my mind. Overall, I thought the class was a wonderful medium for our presentation; they responded to jokes well, laughed, shared their feelings about personal topics—I was impressed with how personal some of the students were willing to get on the subjects we were discussing. The most surprising part of our discussion was that it evolved into a debate on a topic that I was certainly not expecting. While I was prepared to talk about social morays and about political and socio-economic intrigues, I was flabbergasted as the discussion turned to religion.

To tell the truth I was exceptionally pleased with the religious direction our class took. Religion is an integral part of my own life, but I only bring it up in rare instances. I don’t enjoy speaking with the types of people that shoehorn their beliefs into everyday conversations as if having faith makes them a better person. I feel like I deliberately avoid talking about God in class and used a lot of self-restraint in not creating slides that question nano-technology and cloning for religious purposes.

But somehow or another, our conversation settled on what makes us human and what, if anything, gives us a soul. I was just content to sit back and listen to Lauren lead the conversation as our classmates spoke about their views of our humanity. I thought that it was quite enlightening and fun to listen to everyone try and describe what exactly makes us human.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this project and question set. My favorite part was creating the powerpoint—I enjoy googling :] I learned a lot more about how my friends view life and religion and am grateful for that opportunity.

Ryan Molitor Synthesis

It’s hard to recollect exactly what was said during our presentation as too much time has passed. I do, however, remember a heavy emphasis on the details of immortality from technology. We talked about how the advancement of technology may allow a person to live forever in only another 100 years. Everyone had their own thoughts on this, but the general consensus was that nobody wants to live forever.

Almost everyone described some sort of UNhumanity, whether it conflicted with religion or just personal belief. Many people thought it would no longer make us human if we were made of machines that kept us “fueled.” Everyone had their adamant belief that Kurzweil was bat-shit crazy and did not really know what defined the human being in terms of biology and soul.

Overall, the presentation was a smashing success. There was a lot of participation by the class as a whole, and the conversations generated gave a lot of insight into the way people feel by the whole idea of living forever. Whether or not those conversations were completed, I’m not sure.