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Learn how our perception of reality is shaped and how it can be manipulated in a Humanities Washington virtual program Keeping It Real: How Conversation Creates Truth on May 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.

You may also join us in person for a livestream of this virtual program at our Chelan Library.

In this free program, Mike VanQuickenborne, a tenured philosophy instructor at Evergreen Community College, will use everyday language and examples to question our assumptions about what is real. Learn how our perceptions are shaped by language and discover how conversation can help us come to terms with our varied experiences.

You’ll also learn how the concept of “reality” can be motivating, but also weaponized by things like artificial intelligence, fake news, and “deep fakes.” Our ability to use technology to distort reality is stronger than ever and is greatly contributing to our deeply fractured society. Could something as simple as conversing with one another be the antidote?

VanQuickenborne has taught philosophy at a variety of colleges on both sides of the Cascade crest. In 2008, with the help of a grant from Humanities Washington, he organized the world’s first philosophical film festival, “Philosophy in the Dark.

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