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Fall 2018-2019
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Time Capsules for Climate Change, to be Opened at Your Reunions

Robert H. Socolow

This seminar is about thinking about our own future and the future of humanity. What will be important? What will be startling? Climate change will be our vehicle to understand what thinking about the future involves. Much of the analysis will be quantitative. Your essays will be inserted into four time capsules, to be dug up at your 5th, 10th, 25th, and 50th reunions. You will write in depth about new science that clarifies how the Earth works, as well as about specific technologies, their associated policies and how they engage human values. You will also predict your personal futures.

Sample reading list:
P D James, The Children of Men
Walter Alvarez, T, Rex and the Crater of Doom
Samuel Scheffler, Death and the Afterlife

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be both group work and individual work. Individual work will consist of a mid-term, a final paper, and a few problem sets. Each paper will be on one topic. Every group will have at least one member who is making its topic the subject of his or her final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Problem set(s) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to First Year Undergraduates Only.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23648 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Green Hall   1-N-11   Enrolled:11 Limit:15